The late, great Ferd Borsch once noted that baseball, as a sport without a clock, could conceivably have a game that never ends.
Well, we have a clock and we noticed that UH games involving video-review options take longer — much, much longer — than games without. According to our abacus and moon dial, the four games allowing reviews averaged 3 hours, 56 minutes. Games without the reviews averaged 3 hours, 14 minutes.
There are some factors. The replay monitors are a huff and a puff away for the umpires at third and home. Whether it’s the bright lights or the camera’s red lights, visiting pitchers seem to take longer in games involving reviews. In the opener, Portland’s starter pitcher took up to 40 seconds between pitches while grooming the mound. My cats spend less time cleaning the litter box. And the umps don’t seem to be in any rush to break up team meetings on the mound. Yes, candlesticks and place settings make nice gifts, but can we hurry this along? Opposing coaches should be like Mike Trapasso, who sprint walks to the mound, reminds a struggling pitcher to throw to the cup, and sprint walks back to the dugout.
But … but … but … and here’s the justification, with replays, the umps make sure the call is correct. And, darn it, you can’t put a time limit on getting something right.
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The Rainbow Warriors will have updates on catcher Dallas Duarte (sprained ankle), center fielder Adam Fogel (sore shoulder) and pitcher Aaron Davenport (shoulder) today. Trapasso said Fogel and Davenport will meet with the doctor after undergoing MRIs today.
In Duarte’s absence last night, Tyler Murray received well in his first start this season following a wrist injury. Daylen Calicdan showed his range in patrolling center field. And Dominic DeMiero and Logan Pouelsen might have regained their pitching groove.
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The ‘Bows have won five in a row and are 7-5 entering tomorrow’s series opener against Oregon. The Ducks entered the week No. 2 in the NCAA’s RPI. But Portland beat Oregon yesterday.
Trapasso, who makes the UH schedule, appears to have assembled another strong one this year.