Another story I’m probably late on — stupid day job — concerned Ron Gardenhire’s comments in the wake of Monday night’s botched call at the plate:
Ron Gardenhire has what he considers the perfect plan for reviewing close calls in baseball: red flags that managers throw like in the NFL . . .
. . . “I’ve said it all along, I want a red flag,” Gardenhire said Tuesday. “If you use it and you’re wrong, you don’t get the red flag the rest of the game. But if you use it and you’re right, you get your red flag back. … Last night would have been a great red flag game. I could have thrown it out there and then they could have run and checked the replay. It would have been perfect.
“Football has a red flag. Why can’t we? Keep it in my sock like they do.”
I’ve cited this rule so often that it probably needs some official name — maybe “The Carlin Rule” — but in the meantime: if you have an idea to improve baseball, and your reasoning in support of it requires you to cite football’s adoption of said idea, it is ipso facto a bad idea.
UPDATE: Oops, I hadn’t realized until after I posted this that Neyer had already hit in it earlier today, complete with Carlin reference. He’s a smart guy, that Neyer. Gonna have a future in this business if he plays his cards right.