One of the things I've noticed about the implementation of the Replay in MLB is that everyone connected with the game--whom I've heard, when asked--has responded positively.
I thought this was kind of odd. That no one had expressed any reservations about the move.
Even the YES (Yankee) announcers, when broadcasting the mis-call on the player who clearly took his foot off the base while being tagged were strangely silent about the event.
Now I understand that if you work within an organization, you are expected to toe the company line but players, managers, etc. have usually spoken their mind about issues within the game. So, I was surprised that I haven't heard one player speak out against replay. I figured someone maybe doesn't like the idea. Or, maybe I am the only one!
It turns out that Red Sox manager John Farrell has been fined an undisclosed amount for his criticism of replay after two questionable calls (which I spelled out in earlier posts after the recent Yanks/Sox series in the Bronx. After the last game in that series Farrell said, It's hard to have any faith in the system, to be honest with you."
His complete comments as reported by the Boston Herald:
"We felt that it was clear that the replay was inconclusive. The frustrating part is when this was rolled out and explained to us, particularly on the throw received by the first baseman, we were instructed that when the ball enters the glove -- not that it has to hit the back of the glove -- is where the out is deemed complete. At the same time, any angle that we looked at, you couldn't tell if (runner Francisco Cervelli's) foot was on the bag behind Mike Napoli's leg. Where this became conclusive is a hard pill to swallow. On the heels of (Saturday's replay miscue, it's hard to have any faith in the system, to be honest with you.
"I argued the point that it was inconclusive. I know that arguing a challenge play is not allowed, evident by spending most of the game inside (after being ejected). But on the heels of (Saturday) and today, this is a tough pill to swallow. It's extremely difficult to have any faith in the system, the process that's being used. As much as they're trying to help the human element inside this system, it seems like it's added the human element at a different level."
"When you're talking about something as substantial as replay being brought into the game, there's going to be a learning curve and everybody becoming familiar with it. You would think that video replay would be conclusive -- or there's plays where it's not conclusive, which is tonight. Unfortunately we're on the wrong side of it both times."
I realize managers aren't supposed to criticize umpires publicly, but this seems like a slightly different situation to me. This is a new policy. I guess Farrell was also eligible for a suspension.
Maybe not, but I hope baseball people have the guts to speak out when they think things are wrong.