MLB Change to Card Making Process Should Prevent Jays Waguespack Snafu

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TORONTO – Major League Baseball is set to add a version code to the line of pre-game cards teams submit to referee teams, industry source says – a small change that should prevent snafu type that the Toronto Blue Jays experienced in Atlanta.

Director Charlie Montoyo said on Friday that “there is going to be a change, from what I hear,” but he did not have details. The source said the upcoming adjustment is not a direct product of the Blue Jays’ experience on Thursday, but should help the whole process run more efficiently.

Adding a version code to the roster map would allow teams to confirm that the referees have the correct iteration, which did not happen Thursday against Atlanta.

Montoyo attempted to bring Jacob Waguespack in to pitch the sixth inning, but home plate umpire Alan Porter noticed he was not listed. The confusion arose after Waguespack was picked in the morning to help the Blue Jays bring the roster down to 28, but was called back hours later when Trent Thornton was placed on the injured elbow inflamed list.

As a result, Waguespack was not on the first roster map the Blue Jays submitted to the referees, but another was created around 6:15 p.m., approximately 45 minutes before the first launch, once the Thornton transaction was uploaded to the system. MLB.

In previous years that wouldn’t have been a big deal, as clubs traded home plate lineups ahead of the game. But this year, in part because of COVID-19 protocols, the system has been changed, with coaches responsible for sending roster cards to a printer in the referee’s room.

The Blue Jays, however, have had several issues submitting roster cards to printers so far this year, sometimes using clubhouse agents to send a printout to umpires.

Bench coach Dave Hudgens takes care of these tasks for the Blue Jays and once the Thornton trade is settled he printed up updated roster cards. Montoyo and the staff released the correct version on the pitch, but somehow the correct version did not reach the referees.

“What happened yesterday was they had the 4 hour version and we had the 6 hour version,” Montoyo said. “With so much movement (from the list), and because it’s digital, I can’t see (the card from the list), so it’s a big change we’re going to have and it’s going to be good for everything.” the world, at the end of the day. “



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