Joe Torre hopes baseball’s expanded instant-replay system will be ready next season.
“We’re not totally ready yet. We’re getting closer and closer,” the MLB executive vice president said Sunday. “I’m pretty hopeful we’ll have it set for next year.”
Managers would be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh until conclusion.
Balls and strikes would not be reviewable, and challenged calls would be settled at MLB headquarters in New York after replays are viewed.
Major League Baseball: MLB is investigating comments Dodgers minority owner Magic Johnson made last week about pending free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, ESPN reported Monday.
Teams are not allowed to comment on other teams’ pending free agents or they can be fined for tampering.
Cano, still a New York Yankee, is eligible to file for free agency after the World Series is over.
Without naming him directly, Johnson implied the Dodgers will not pursue Cano, who is reportedly seeking a $300 million contract.
“Though I can’t talk about it, that other guy in New York is going to get paid,” Johnson said recently on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” “Not by us, but he’s going to get paid.”
Cubs: Chicago reportedly will try to outbid the Yankees for the services of Joe Girardi, but in the meantime, they plan to interview former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta, CSNChicago.com reported.
Acta and A.J. Hinch are known candidates to replace Dale Sveum, and CSNChicago.com reports that Padres bench coach Rick Renteria also may be interviewed for the vacancy. But none is likely to be hired until the Cubs determine whether they can lure Girardi from the Yankees.
The Chicago Tribune reported the Cubs are “willing to top whatever offer” Girardi gets from the Yankees.
Astros: Houston named Brent Strom, 64, as its new pitching coach. He replaces Doug Brocal.