I really don't have much I want to say about last night's game, but I wanted to note this play:
What gets me is that he didn't get up before throwing it. Lets see, 90 feet between bases, and he's on the shortstop side and a good distance behind second, he must have thrown about 115 feet, from a knee, hit the target. And he got the runner.
It was interesting that the umpires took Gibby's challenge of the play, even though he lost a challenge earlier in the game. The rule is the manger gets one challenge (two if it is upheld), but
According to its terms, managers will be allotted one challenge per game (two if the first challenge results in an overturned call) while the umpiring crew chief will be empowered to initiate a review in innings 7 and later.
Generally in the 7th and later, the manager can ask and the umpires can decide if they want to review or not, but I haven't yet seen the umpires say no.
Something we missed from last night, before the game Russell Martin was presented with an award as the 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at catcher. And Roberto Alomar did the presentation, pretty cool. I guess Wilson figured figured that if Rawlings gave out a defensive award, Wilson should too. This is the third year that they have been giving out these awards. Congratulations Russell.
Wilson has an interesting formula to get the leaders:
25% Defensive War
25% Defensive Runs Saved
20% Inside Edge Fielding Rating
20% Inside Edge Arm Strength Rating
10% Fielding Percentage
(They adjusted the formula for pitchers and catchers)
This year's winners:
(P) Johnny Cueto - Cincinnati Reds
(C) Russell Martin - Pittsburgh Pirates
(1B) Adrian Gonzalez - Los Angeles Dodgers
(2B) Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers
(3B) Juan Uribe - Los Angeles Dodgers
(SS) Andrelton Simmons - Atlanta Braves
(LF) Alex Gordon - Kansas City Royals
(CF) Lorenzo Cain - Kansas City Royals
(RF) Jason Heyward - Atlanta Braves *
Defensive Team of the Year - Cincinnati Reds
*Jason Heyward named overall 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year.
I think it is kind of cool that they have a formula to pick the winners, it isn't just vote or 5 guys opinion.
Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 8, 2015