CLEVELAND: One aspect of Major League Baseball’s new replay system is the severe decline in manager-umpire arguments, which some call one of the arts of baseball.
With the replay system, screaming at an ump and kicking dirt for five minutes has been replaced with a simple, “I’d like to challenge that play” that might even end with, “good sir.”
Maybe not. But Indians manager Terry Francona isn’t mourning their demise, either.
“You may go out there three to four times a year and make an idiot of yourself,” Francona said Friday. “They never change a call, so I’m not sure what the art is. You always hear, ‘Well, he’s trying to pump up his team.’ However many games I’ve been thrown out of, I know we’ve lost the majority of those games. So I don’t buy into that.
“About once or twice a year, it feels really good to blow off steam. When you’ve gotten to that point, it’s gotten too far.”
Francona said he’d never do anything to resemble some of the historic blow-ups by managers that include base throwing.
“I’d be afraid if I tried to do something like that and I couldn’t get the base out,” Francona said. “I could see that happening. That would be humiliating.”
MINOR REPORT — Center fielder Nyjer Morgan continues to be a consistent force, even at Triple-A Columbus. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his Clippers debut.
Another good sign from Columbus, Vinnie Pestano threw a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts to record his first save in a 3-0 win over Toledo.
Outfielder and former first-round pick Clint Frazier went just 1-for-5 for Single-A Lake County but came away with the go-ahead RBI single in his 2014 season debut.
— Ryan Lewis