Red Sox fans rendered their verdict with their voices and hands Tuesday night in the case of Dennis Eckersley vs. David Price et al.
Embroiled in an ongoing off-the-field rhubarb with the team over his critical analysis on TV, Eckersley made a previously scheduled appearance Tuesday in Fenway Park’s “Legends Suite,” which hosts a former player at each Red Sox home game.
It was originally reported that a trade surrounding Estevan Florial would get a deal started for Gray, and it was assumed that another two of three prospects ranked in the No. 6 to 15 range would be enough.
According to FanRag Sports, the A’s have shown interest in some other Yankees prospects, including pitcher James Kaprielian and infielder/outfielder Jorge Mateo.
The acquisition of southpaw Jaime Garcia on Sunday isn’t going to deter the Yankees from pursuing Gray, who owns a 1.37 ERA in his last six starts. But the A’s understand Gray’s ceiling isn’t getting much higher and either need to end the stalemate with the Yankees or accept the next-best offer from the Dodgers and Astros, clubs with similar and strong farm systems willing to aid in Beane’s rebuild.
“Change back to optical, with redundant systems,” he said. “Redefine the top/bottom of the strike zone so it’s not arbitrary in terms of time. And test out the notion of a fixed zone; it would hopefully be no big deal that suddenly there are many more 3-0 walks and 0-2 punchouts, but we’d have to see how the game is impacted.”
Let’s think about this in the realist of terms. The umpire will always need to Very Cheap Jerseys remain behind the plate, even if automation is a real possibility. The first base umpire isn’t going to be able Top Cheap Jerseys to race down the line in time to tell you if a runner coming from third is safe or out. So the home plate umpire would also be the one to make the actual call on each pitch, even if the decision is made by a high-tech computer system.