MLB managers differ on instant replay

Associated
Press

Colorado
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle wants Major League Baseball to take another look
at instant replay.

Twice in
three games, Hurdle contends, wrong calls by umpires cost the
Rockies
home runs. He spoke the MLB office Tuesday to voice his concern.

“It’s a
very difficult call and my point of contention is it either is or is not a home
run,” Hurdle said. “I don’t think that’s an area where the umpires’ discretion
should be involved.”

The NFL, NBA and NHL all use some form of instant replay.
The issue has been raised in recent years by baseball officials, but never
gotten very far, commissioner Bud Selig is among those against it.

On Monday
night, what appeared to be a ninth-inning, go-ahead homer by

Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki was instead ruled
a double by second base umpire Bob Davidson, who said the ball went off the top
of the wall in left-center field.

Hurdle was
ejected for the first time this season after a long argument. Tulowitzki
eventually scored the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 win over

St. Louis.

On
Saturday, the
Rockies said a home run by
Garrett Atkins was taken away by umpires who didn’t see the ball well enough.

“You can’t
lose home runs,” Hurdle said. “When they’re hit, they need to be a homer.
That’s it, that’s the bottom line.”

Hurdle
said he has examples of other homers that have been lost the last few seasons.
He believes they’re often the result of more fan-friendly ballparks with paying
customers closer to the action.

“I don’t
disagree with keeping the human element on balls and strikes and plays at
first,” he said. “That’s the hard question, where do you draw the line? But to
say you don’t draw it anywhere, I’m not so sure that’s the right answer.”

Hurdle
said he’s in favor of a system where challenges are limited to game-changing
plays.

On Monday
night at Yankee Stadium, the Seattle Mariners benefited from a missed call to
beat

New York
3-2. Pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist looked out on a steal attempt in the eighth
inning, but was called safe by umpire Gerry Davis and wound up scoring the
tying run.

“We’ll
take it,” Bloomquist said. “It’s just a good thing there’s no instant replay in
baseball.”

After
seeing a replay,

Davis
admitted he missed the call.

“We’re all
human,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said Tuesday.

Torre,
however, was not sure about adding replay.

“How much
longer you want this game to go on?” he said. “There’s a difference in getting
your money’s worth and being able to get up in the morning.”

Cardinals
manager Tony La Russa said he couldn’t tell whether Tulowitzki’s drive cleared
the fence.

“They had
a meeting, nobody had a better view, the guy scored anyway, so what’s the
issue?” La Russa said.

La Russa
is not in favor of instant replay.

“I think
the umpires do a good job,” he said. “They make fewer mistakes than managers do
and pitchers hanging breaking balls and hitters popping up balls down the
middle.”

The
Rockies ended up winning both of the games in question.

“When you
have everybody in the ballpark saying it’s a homer it’s kind of tough to
believe it’s a double,” Tulowitzki said. “Then again they’re on my team, so I
was a little confused.”

“Since I
scored and we won, it kind of evens things out a little bit,” he said.

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