Sox manager John Farrell on replay: 'It's hard to have any faith in the system'
John Farrell was thrown out of Sunday night's game in the fourth inning. More than two hours later, he was still steaming.
With runners on first and third, it seemed as if the Red Sox had turned an inning-ending double play on Francisco Cervelli's grounder in the fourth, but the Yankees challenged the close call and it was overturned. After looking at the replay, the umpires ruled Cervelli was safe, which meant that Brian McCann scored on the play.
That turned out to be the winning run in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. And it came just one day after umpires blew a replay call at second base, which also went against the Red Sox.
Farrell argued the overturning of the Cervelli call and immediately was ejected. Arguing replay calls is prohibited.
In order to overturn a call made on the field, there has to be conclusive evidence that the call was wrong. Farrell didn't think there was in this instance.
"Where this became conclusive is a hard pill to swallow,'' he said, "and on the heels of yesterday, it's hard to have any faith in the system, to be honest with you."
Major League Baseball has expanded its replay rules this season, and calls on the bases now are reviewable. Managers are allotted one challenge per game (two if the challenge results in an overturned call). The umpiring crew chief is able to initiate a review from the seventh inning on.
There already has been some confusion. On Saturday, the Yankees' Dean Anna slid into second with a double but took his foot off the base as Xander Bogaerts kept the tag applied. Farrell challenged the original safe call and was told it had been "confirmed" by MLB's replay office. Later, MLB admitted missing the call, saying it did not have the correct camera angle in time.
"I don't know how you can't get a feed when there's 47,000 cameras," Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "That's just the way it is. There's a lot of kinks in the system right now."
Anna's play had little effect on Saturday's game. But Sunday night's call gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead in what became a 3-2 win.
"Seeing it on the screen, to me you really couldn't tell," said Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who homered in the sixth. "So my interpretation is if you really can't tell, whatever they call on the field is what they're going to call."
Farrell doesn't seem to be a fan of the expanded system, but Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has a higher opinion of it. Said Ortiz, "I think the video thing is going to get things better, definitely."