Instant Replay: Too Much or Not Enough?

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Until recently, instant replay in Major League Baseball was limited to boundary calls involving home runs. Now, managers will have the opportunity to challenge one play per game, two if the first one is overturned. The list of what can be challenged has grown significantly compared to the single item: home runs.

Play’s that can now be challenged include: home runs, ground-rule double, fan interference, stadium boundary calls, force plays, tag plays, fair and foul in the outfield only, a trapped ball in the outfield, hit by pitch, timing play, passing of a runner, and record keeping.

This long list has some fans concerned that a baseball game will now be even more lengthy due to the replays. But will it be? With at most 4 plays being challenged per game and the minimal replays we see for home runs, having a significant amount of time added to the game is unlikely. The average time to review a challenge is 90 seconds. With that said, it seems as though there might be five to ten minutes added to a game. Is the change worth it? Is it too much or not enough?

Here’s what some of YOUR former Boise Hawks had to say …

“I think it’s a good thing as long as they don’t take too long to get the call right. I know they can’t replay everything and that’s a good thing. But replaying fan interference and home runs, I don’t see anything wrong with that, the umpires just want to get the call right.” – Jacob Rogers

“My initial reaction is that I’m in favor of it. We’ll only truly know how it’ll affect the game after we see it in action, but I like the idea of it. Baseball is the type of game where the entire season could hang in the balance of a split second decision and I think anything we can do to be sure the right call is made will only help the game” – Ian Dickson (now with the Washington Nationals)

“I personally really like the changes that were made to instant replay, making sure important calls are ruled correctly is essential. Nobody wants another Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce blowing his perfect game. There are still judgment calls and the human element that is baseball.” – Eddie Orozco

“I don’t agree with it, baseball is a game of inches and close calls by the umpires. I feel like replays are going to take away from the game. People already think baseball is hard to follow because it’s slow, now they’re going to add replays which will slow the game down even more. Personally, I say leave the challenges and replays to other sports and just let us play baseball.” – Rock Shoulders

“I think it’s a good thing to have finally. All major sports are going to it, and it’s something that we needed to have to go along with today’s technology. Now we will at least have close plays looked at and the correct call made. It also saves the umps from getting harassed.” – Cael Brockmeyer

“In my opinion I’m totally for the instant replay. Just like in other sports they can revert back to the replay to see what the right call should be. For baseball it would be to decipher whether or not that big play that just happened was fair or foul, safe or out, interfered with or legitimate. That would mean the difference of a World Series if you really think about it. Or what about the perfect game that was lost due to the bad call on the final out for Galarraga. This will also be a big help to the umpires so they don’t have so much pressure to make the split second decision that could ultimately change a game or a season. I think that this is going to help the game become as true as it can be in those regards.” – Pierce Johnson

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Moniker Madness Champion Swings for Homerun of the Year

He took Moniker Madness; can he take Homerun of the year as well? YOUR Boise Hawk Rock Shoulders has already won the 2012 Moniker Madness contest for the best name in baseball and has now been informed that he is in the running for the 2012 MiLBY Awards Homerun of the Year for his grand slam into another area code against the Yakima Bears September 3.

“It was a great accomplishment to be announced the best name in MiLB and win the championship for Moniker Madness, but being nominated for this is an even bigger accomplishment so this one would mean a little bit more to me and I’m honored to go up against all these great hitters.”

When highlighting the season with the team, almost every guy responded with Rock’s grand slam being at the top of the list and of course for Rock it was THE highlight of the season.

“This grand slam was great because it was in playoffs. We had been battling against Yakima all year long and their pitcher Perry did really well this year and in that at bat I just knew he was going to come with a slider with the bases loaded so I was waiting for it and he finally threw one that was hittable.”

Hitting Coach Bill Buckner had a lot to do with Rocks performance throughout the season. It was always Buckner that helped pull Rock back up when he had fallen into a little slump.

“I always knew I could count on him to help me figure it out and now I can do it on my own.”

Rock Shoulders is a young and talented player in the chase of his dream. Help him make yet another dream come true and support YOUR Boise Hawks by voting for him at http://www.milb.com/news/awards/y2012/index.jsp?category=homerun.

“I’d like to thank everyone who takes the time to vote for me to win this great award and tell everyone you know to go out and vote for me to win this. Thank you.”

What’s YOUR Ambition?

“Ambition is priceless; it’s something that’s in your veins.”

“Ambition,” a song released this year by Wale, promotes a positive attitude, one of belief not just dreaming. YOUR Boise Hawk, Rock Shoulders had it picked as his original walk-up song while Giavanni Ruffin has an inspirational documentary on YouTube titled “MY Ambition.” The video starts off with “Ambition” playing in the background as pictures of Giavanni’s High School diploma slide by along with his college acceptance letter and the 2010 Most Improved Player Award from East Carolina University. Giavanni says that he doesn’t want to just be an athlete; he wants to be a motivator and help kids, and adults, realize they should never give up. His ambition starts with his goals and believing, not just dreaming, wanting to help others and never taking a day off. The documentary sends a positive message and I encourage everyone to watch it but also, ask yourself, “What is MY ambition?”

Dan Vogelbach, YOUR Boise Hawks 2012 MVP, is a guy with great ambition. His mother, Jennie, works with the Special Olympics and has been an inspiration to Dan, igniting the dream to start his own little league for disabled children. Dan says that he is always around the kids for the Special Olympics and it makes you realize just how good we actually have it. “The little things we take advantage of makes their day! I want to make them happy, they love playing sports, getting out, and being around each other. They don’t care about winning or about who has the nicest stuff; all they care about is having fun and getting a chance to do what they never had the chance to do!”

Being around the children is a huge eye opener for anyone who is capable of fulfilling their dreams. “I want people to realize how good we have it and that just when you think you have it bad you need to look around and find a way to put a smile on your face! Because that’s what these people do, day in and day out they are happy!” During his time here with YOUR Boise Hawks it was obvious to see Dan’s attitude towards life leap out onto the field and take hold of his teammates. He was a positive inspiration to the team and will be to others in the future.

Going back to YOUR Boise Hawk, Rock Shoulders, it is not about the money, it is about baseball. While Rock admits that money is a plus, it is not why he plays the game. I asked Rock what the song “Ambition” meant to him and why he picked it as his walk-up song. “I picked it just because Wale talks about how he doesn’t care about the money anymore, he is just rapping for the love of it. Like me, I want to make it to the pros and play on the big stage because I love the game.” Rock started his ambitious routine at a young age hitting and practicing with his dad, and since high school, “working out … a lot.”

Ambition, it’s not about where you come from, what you or your family has, it’s about heart.

#WhatCanUBecome

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It’s been just one week since YOUR Boise Hawks left Boise for home. For some it had been a year since they had seen their families and for others a few months, but in either case YOUR Boise Hawks were looking forward to seeing their friends, family and getting the taste of a home cooked meal. In the short time the boys have been home, they have lived it up hitting the beach with the boys, taking the parents out to dinner, and playing with the niece and/or pups. While some of the boys went home knowing that they didn’t have to leave again until spring training, others knew that they had just one week with their friends and family before they would be back in Arizona for instructs.

For a lot of our young guys the day of travel came yesterday as they left their families once again to leave for Arizona. Today, September 17, 2012 begins the 2012 Instructional League for our young cubbies. Twitter has already flowed with their travel experiences and excitement to be back with some of their friends and teammates.

The Instructional League will start off with the normal one-on-one instruction, practice, with actual games beginning September 21. With YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks being the youngest team in their league, the Instructional League gives them the time, coaches and tools to look into specific aspects of their game and prepare for the next season. YOUR Boise Hawks participants include Jose Arias, Nathan Dorris, Pierce Johnson, Juan Paniagua, Willson Contreras, Justin Marra, Lance Rymel, Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, Trey Martin and Carlos Escobar (half of the final Boise Hawks 2012 roster).

Before I was able to talk to any of the guys there was one tweet that caught my eye from Chicago Cub, Dave Sappelt, “Just took BP with Albert Almora, the man’s looking good. #WhatCanUBecome.” Seems like a compliment on talent from someone who has already made it to the “Bigs.” What will these guys become? I will keep you updated throughout the post-season and on …

Here are a few updates on some of YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks

Carlos Escobar never got to go home. He was sent to Arizona for rehab just before the playoffs were over and will be participating in the Instructional League but not for another two weeks while he waits for his ankle to heal.

Rock Shoulders flew home, spent two days with his family and then went to Orlando to visit his friends. He also seemed to enjoy the time home with his pups! He will not be going to the Instructional League this season.

Ian Dickson was quickly thrown into college courses as he works to finish his degree. He has 12 weeks left in this “semester,” and will finish his degree in a future off season. Ian just celebrated his birthday September 16 and will not be in the Instructional League this season.

Eddie Orozco has enjoyed his family more than anything as well as his friends. He has found it hard to take his attention off of his niece but has still managed to make it to the gym and make time to hangout with friends. Eddie will not be in the Instructional League this season.

James Pugliese has been hanging out with his friends and family and enjoying his home cooked meals, although he says he misses Judy’s home cooked meals as well. He will be going to sign up for a class today, September 17, and will start lifting and running this week. “I’m excited.”

Bijan Rademacher was only with us for a short time in Boise but I figured we could use an update on him as well. He is currently in the Instructional League after finishing his season and spending a week at home. He had the chance to spend time with his family and work on his game before reporting to instructs. “I didn’t play as well as I had hoped but overall I look at my first season in pro ball as a success.”

Michael Heesch was caught off guard when I asked if he would be able to read to the children for KeyBank Reading Tree tomorrow, his response, “We could do it over FaceTime.” He is doing great and just as caring now as he was when he was still in Boise. I caught him on his way back from a fishing trip with his father. “It is nice being with my family, I miss playing every day though.”

Hayden Simpson has been spending plenty of time with his friends and family but Rianne Herron, his fiancé, seems to be most excited about his time home. “It’s been amazing to have him back home! He’s finally got to spend time with his soon-to-be niece. She was born at the end of April and he’s finally getting a chance to see her and spend time with her. His entire family and mine are so happy he’s back home for a while and having him back has taken a lot of stress from planning the wedding off of me! Plus it’s nice to be able to go on a date that doesn’t include a computer, Skype, or FaceTime.” The happy couple will get married before spring training on December 15, 2012.

Some will become graduates, some husbands and others uncles but they all will be returning to Spring Training 2013 and taking the next step in their journey to the Big’s figuring out just what they can become! I wish them all the best of luck in all they do and fans, I will continue to keep you updated as there is more to report.

Itching for the Big Leagues

YOUR Boise Hawks have had a great season here with the Cubs organization but what lies ahead is what may be on the minds of fans. Many of the boys have already started to tweet pictures of their bags packed and ready as well as talking about getting home. Where will YOUR Boise Hawks be this fall and winter or even next year? I plan to keep in touch and let you all know what lies ahead for YOUR Boise Hawks but for now I want to see what these guys are waiting for most at home.

For Tayler Scott, from South Africa, it is the food. He has been lucky enough to have his family here to support him this season but he misses the food in South Africa. “Won’t be home until December, but looking forward to the food and I’ll probably go eat first thing!” His go to food here is chicken but at home he enjoys the seafood most.

Eddie Orozco, from California, is all about family, family first all of the time. “Looking forward to seeing all of my loved ones number one. My bed. California. First thing I’m going to do off the plane is go to In n Out on my way home to see everyone. No fall ball for me just gotta show up to spring training.” Orozco loves baseball and what he does on and off of the field, but missing his family and missing out on his niece growing up is the hard part.

Rock Shoulders, from Florida, also misses family time. “I am looking forward to seeing my family the most so the first thing I’m going to do is take my dad and mom out to dinner.” He has also planned a few beach trips and possibly a cruise with his close friends.

Trey Martin, from Georgia, can’t wait to get back to family and food. “Eating Zaxby’s, Atlanta’s Best Wings. Seeing family and friends. The first thing is to beat my little brother in FIFA and I will be in the instructional Arizona League this fall.”

Fall ball or no fall ball these guys will be back whether it is here in Boise or with another team. I will keep you all updated from my blog throughout the offseason if you would like updates visit highheelsandhighlights.wordpress.com.

Thank you all for a great season and I look forward to keeping in touch!

-Courtney