CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- In the aftermath of struggling Cubs shortstop Javier Baez expressing frustration about MLB’s ban on utilizing in-game video to review at-bats in 2020, manager David Ross sympathized with Baez while also emphasizing it’s a situation that every MLB team must deal with.
"It is hard to get up in front of reporters and make excuses,” Ross said Tuesday. “I do not think a lot of guys want to do that, and I don't think Javy is making excuses. They are all trying to take ownership of their at-bats. (Baez) is just frustrated. This is impacting more than just him. It just stinks because of past circumstances and reasons. Hopefully, they will take a good look at this in the offseason. But I do not know how the other teams stand in that category.”
The use of in-game video in the dugout was banned after the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Complicating matters are MLB’s health and safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic, with the league limiting the number of individuals who can be in the dugout and clubhouse. Because of that, having league officials in each team’s dugout or clubhouse to monitor video use wasn’t on the table in 2020.
Baez considers himself a visual learner, and he has often relied on in-game video in the past to make adjustments between at-bats. After a win against the Cardinals on Monday, he expressed his frustration.
“It sucks because I make my adjustments during the game,” Baez said. "I watch my swing. I watch where the ball went, where the contact was. I'm mad. I'm really mad about that we don't have it."
Baez is hitting .208 with six homers, 19 RBIs and a .624 OPS in 42 games.
“I just feel there are elements to a season and a baseball game that we all use as tools," Ross said. "When you start taking some of those away that you feel are a part of your success, it’s frustrating."
The overall MLB batting average is .246, the lowest mark since .244 in 1972.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.