Instant response

Upon further review, instant replay is now officially a part of baseball.

And, no, those who disagree can't throw a red flag.

For the most part, the reaction across the baseball landscape has ranged from a grudging acknowledgment that the change was inevitable to a warm embrace of technology that should, in theory, help umpires get calls right.

Naturally, of course, there are those who disagree. Baltimore Orioles manager Dave Trembley is one of the most prominently outspoken critics of the new system, which is designed to be used only for boundary calls involving home runs.

Trembley appears to have three major objections. One is that he's a traditionalist.

"I guess if they can move into a new Yankee Stadium they can have instant replay. The game is evolving, much to my chagrin," he grumbled.

The second, which has been expressed by others, is that it removes some of the human element from the equation. "I don't like it. The game is the game. Let the game be pure in what it is," he said.

He believes a better solution would be to add a pair of umpires for the regular season, just like baseball does for the playoffs.

His third objection carries the most weight. When general managers recommended that replay be considered last November, it was almost unthinkable that the system could be implemented this quickly.

"They better be sure they got the kinks out," Trembley warned. "Otherwise, they are going to set themselves up for some embarrassing situations that could possibly occur. And I don't think major league baseball, at this particular time, needs that."

Say what?

The Boston Globe points out a neat oddity. When Tom Glavine was a rookie in 1987, he went 2-4 with a 5.54 earned run average. If Glavine — out for the season with a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow — retires at the end of this season, the line for his final season will be a bookend: 2-4, 5.54.

Bobble election

The Triple-A Sacramento Rivercats will be giving away Barack Obama and John McCain bobbleheads Saturday night before their game against the Fresno Grizzlies. They have 1,500 likenesses of each presidential candidate on hand, and fans can ask for either one. The one that runs out first "wins" this admittedly unscientific election.

In the mail?

If there's one incident that sums up the last-place Royals' woes, this could be it, as reported by the Kansas City Star: The Royals lost a game in part because shortstop Tony Pena Jr. lost a popup in the sun. He wasn't wearing sunglasses. When asked why, he replied: "I ordered some, but we never got them in."

Good grief.

—Philadelphia Daily News