Major League Baseball said the umpires were wrong. The Athletics knew that all along. "We saw what we saw last night," Oakland manager Bob...
CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball said the umpires were wrong.
The Athletics knew that all along.
“We saw what we saw last night,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
One day after umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew failed to reverse an obvious game-tying home run by A’s infielder Adam Rosales in the ninth inning following a video review, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said an “improper call” was made in Wednesday’s game between the Indians and Athletics.
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However, despite pointing out the critical error, Torre said the “judgment” call will stand. The Indians won 4-3.
Melvin said he never thought the ruling would be overturned. “No, I didn’t think there was any chance at that,” he said, “because there’d been calls before that have been missed and nothing’s happened because of it.”
Few, though, seemed as egregious as this error.
“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief,” Torre said. “In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night’s crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field. It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.
“Home and away broadcast feeds are available for all uses of instant replay, and they were available to the crew last night. Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made. Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right.”
The stunning decision not to reverse the call was the talk of the sports world with everyone seeming to agree the A’s had been wronged. Retired Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones didn’t mince words with his take on the umpires’ blown call.
“What good is instant replay if u don’t have umpires who interpret it correctly?” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Some course of action has to be taken w/ umps. Even worse than that, there were 2 other umpires looking at it with him. What the hell were they lookin at??”
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