OAKLAND — Another wrinkle was included in Major League Baseball’s instant replay method following a series of bizarre situations during Thursday night’s online game between the A’s and Blue Jays.
One skipped call at first base tripped a chain reaction that led to confusion in both dugouts. Before it was all said and done, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged which his own player should have recently been called out, a call was overturned, a run scored plus the A’s tried to play under protest.
All in all it was a strange evening at O.co Coliseum plus the play in question likely will probably be debated in the coming days since MLB looks to perfect the unit it implemented prior to the 2014 seaon.
‘Replay’s a different dimension to this game as there are going to be quirks and amusing plays like this that happen,In . crew chief umpire Bill Callier told a pool reporter. ‘Unfortunately the idea happened to us.’
The incident happened in the top of the second inning together with the bases loaded and one out and about. Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose hit a sharp grounder to be able to first base. Nate Freiman fielded the golf ball cleanly and attempted to come up with a tag on baserunner Munenori Kawasaki before tossing home.
First-base umpire Vic Carapazza ruled that Kawasaki prevented the tag and immediately made the safe indicator. That meant the pressure play at home was still to be able and catcher Stephen Vogt recorded the available when he caught the golf ball while stepping on the denture.
Gibbons then came out of his dugout along with took the unorthodox method of suggesting that Kawasaki really should have been ruled out. He inhibited, and when the play went along to a review, it was determined of which Kawasaki had been tagged.
That prompted this umpires to overturn the ruling on the field. Kawasaki was called away and as a result, Edwin Encarnacion was ruled risk-free at home because the force play was no longer in effect.
‘When replay went back, our hands are attached,’ Miller said. ‘There’s just so much we can do. We simply cannot put runners back … We must go with what happened on the field, as well as what happened on the field was the man tagged home plate but he did not tag the runner. Unfortunately that was in one on one relation to the call on the field in the beginning base, and that’s something we only can’t explain.’
When the Blue Jays ended up credited with a run, A’s boss Bob Melvin tried to play the game under protest. His disagreement was that the rules were not staying correctly interpreted and that it needs to be up to the umpire’s discretion no matter if Encarnacion was called safe in the home.
In this particular case, that would have got resulted in Encarnacion being called out because he was still at least a number of feet from home plate once the throw arrived. The call did not end up having an impact amongst players because Oakland went on to win 4-1, but afterwards Melvin was still scratching his head.
‘That’s likely the first time that’s happened in that fashion,’ Melvin said. ‘My comprehension now is you can’t protest whatever has to do with replay, so I don’t know it has been a legitimate protest or not. And you are going to come up with plays like this over the course of the season based on replay currently being brand new, and you’re gonna find some ones that are some tweeners. They would the best they could with it.’