Bautista Unloads On Instant Replay

Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press

Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press

You knew it was only going to be a matter of time before a player went off on Baseball’s Instant Replay and it took an egregious call for Jose Bautista to let his frustrations with Instant Replay known. The call in question was a non tag on Melky Cabrera’s slide into home where replay’s showed that the tag clearly missed Cabrera. John Gibbons immediately asked for a review and after a few minutes the call was somehow amazingly upheld. “He missed him by a good foot or two. I don’t really know which replay they were looking at but clearly they must have had a different video feed than the one we had. It’s pretty frustrating for you to battle as a team, keep the game close, for our pitchers to be doing what they’re doing, for us to keep grinding through games, and facing some tough pitching, and somehow be able to tie the game in the eighth inning, it all goes down the drain because somebody first, initially, made a bad call to begin with. And then it gets upheld by god knows who, in some room in New York supposedly” Bautista told Gregor Chisholm after the game. “This whole replay thing has become a joke in my eyes. I think they should just ban it, they should just get rid of it, I don’t really understand the purpose of it, but getting the right call on the field is not the purpose. That’s pretty obvious and evident. I don’t know what kind of agenda the people that are doing the replays are on, what their plan is, what their purpose is, who they’re looking after. But obviously getting the right call on the field is not what they’re doing. “Not only the one tonight, for us, that have gone against us when they had a chance to get the right call and reverse a bad one that has been made on the field. I can remember another one in Baltimore, another one or two in Baltimore, that same thing, to tie or go ahead in the game like that when you’re on the road, I don’t see the point of having this replay system that doesn’t work.” When asked about his outburst in the dugout that was caught on camera Bautista said, “It was over this. It’s not frustration over anything else, that situation, that moment. I feel like there was a chance for Adam Lind to tie the game in the eighth inning was taken away from us. Man on second, two outs, 3-2 ballgame, we were right in it. Unfortunately some people, I don’t know what the right word is, lack of integrity, lack of accountability, or some really good camaraderie that are looking after each other, are not doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Because getting the right call on the field, which is why instant replay was instituted, is not the purpose of what’s happening. The best evidence is what happened today.” As for the current injury situation with the team and his status on playing in the outfield tomorrow Bautista said, “I might be able to do it. First, third, outfield, whatever he needs. We didn’t know Edwin was going to be out, so there’s more holes to be filled now. There’s a couple of us that are banged out. I’m sure they’re going to try to decide the best combination of players, where everybody plays, is going to be for us.”

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