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BASEBALL NOTES: 2014 replay plan almost thwarted

2013-08-18T17:00:00Z 2013-08-19T01:16:04Z BASEBALL NOTES: 2014 replay plan almost thwartedGeorge Castle Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 18, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Baseball plans to adopt an instant replay plan in 2014 that is similar to one advocated by the player most affected recently by the lack of video review.

"Maybe they can give two options (per game, per manager) to have them look at replays," Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga said during a Sept. 17-19, 2010 series at The Cell.

Galarraga gave his vision of replay 3 1/2 months after umpire Jim Joyce admitted he blew a two-out ninth-inning call at first base that would have given Galarraga a perfect game over the Indians on June 2, 2010 in Detroit.

Commissioner Bud Selig and much of the baseball establishment resisted dramatic replay expansion in 2010-11. But repeated egregious umpire mistakes revealed by high-definition replays forced the brass to change their philosophy.

The plan approved last week calls for three manager challenges per game per team – one through the sixth inning and the others from the seventh onward. All calls except balls and strikes would be eligible. Had such a system been in place in 2010, Tigers manager Jim Leyland could have saved Galarraga’s perfecto with a challenge.

Rothschild impressed by Bootcheck: The Yankees don’t have room on their big-league staff for LaPorte native Chris Bootcheck. But they haven’t forgotten his veteran’s presence and professionalism both at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and in a four-day call up to New York June 14.

“He’s having a good year in Triple-A (team-leading 9-6 record with 3.67 ERA in 20 starts),” said Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, a Homewood-Flossmoor alum. Rothschild was Cubs pitching coach from 2002 to 2010.

“You never know what can happen,” he said. “He gets on a streak, and who knows? He’s good a good makeup and knows how to pitch. He’s impressed the people (in Triple-A).”

Could Bootcheck be a late-career reliever in the majors?

“Need in this game is the necessity of invention, so we’ll see,” Rothschild said.

Granderson not cutting the corners: Lynwood native Curtis Granderson said he’s never been wedded to center field. The T.F. South alum has been shifted to the corner outfield positions since returning from season-long injuries to the Yankees two weeks ago.

“I feel I can play center field on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “But I do have the ability to play left and right, which a lot of people seem to have forgotten about.

“I’ve done that throughout the course of my minor-league and big-league career. I feel comfortable playing all of them.”

Law’s evaluation of Semien: Middle infielder Marcus Semien seems on a fast track to the White Sox after his Aug. 1 promotion to Triple-A Charlotte. Semien was named Southern League player of the month for July at Double-A Birmingham with 8 homers and 20 RBIs.

Vance Law, a former White Sox and Cubs All-Star third baseman, saw Semien in his role as a minor-league instructor. He rated shortstop as Semien’s best position, but said Sox development officials also tried him at third base at Birmingham.

“He was a nice player at Double-A,” said Law. He also believed Charlotte middle infielder Carlos Sanchez’s best position was second base.

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