We’ve made it through the first week of the baseball season, and there are a lot of happenings going on around the league. From umpiring issues to player signings to COVID issues, the world of Major League Baseball never seems to slow down. Let’s take a look at some of the newest happenings in baseball so you can bet against their MLB odds.
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Umpiring has been at the forefront of the news this past week. Last week, the Mets defeated the Marlins when Florida’s Anthony Bass hit Michael Conforto with a pitch. The Mets had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth when Conforto was hit, thus forcing in the game-winning run. Don Mattingly came out of the dugout to challenge that Conforto had actually tried to get hit with the pitch. Umpire Ron Kulpa had called the pitch a strike, not initially knowing that Conforto had been hit. After a lengthy discussion, the umpires went to replay, which convincingly showed that Conforto had stepped into the pitch. However, the replay official wouldn’t overturn the call, and the Mets won. Kulpa later admitted that he had messed up the call.
In another incident on Sunday Night Baseball, Philadelphia’s Alex Bohm was sent home on a base hit in the top of the ninth inning. He was called safe at the plate, and the call was challenged by the Braves. After numerous angles of the play was shown on replay, it was obvious that Bohm had never touched the plate and that he should be out. The replay official ruled it inconclusive, and the run stood. Atlanta failed to score in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Phillies won.
These umpiring issues are giving Major League Baseball a bad look to start the season. Replay was brought on to fix the mistakes in calls, yet it hasn’t seemed to work the way it was intended to. If MLB keeps allowing these mistakes to happen, it will put a huge black eye on the game.
In other baseball news, the league is starting what is called the MLB Draft League. This league will consist of six teams and will have a 68 game schedule. The rosters of the clubs will be filled with players eligible for this year’s amateur draft. The league is intended to help prepare the prospect for what lies ahead in their career. It will also give scouts and evaluators more time to take a look at each of these prospects.
The teams will be managed by former major league baseball players and lifelong minor league coaches who can bring their vast knowledge and experience to help all of these players. Jedd Gyorko, Derrick May, Jeff Manto, Delwyn Young, and Coco Crisp have already been brought on to manage. Since the NBA has seemed to have success doing this with players forgoing the college experience and going straight to the G League, Major League Baseball thought that it would work for them as well. We’ll see how this goes, and if it goes well, MLB could even expand the league in the future.