By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
2:27 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
The day after Joe Maddon’s team was awarded a home run after a replay review showed that Matt Joyce’s ball hit the base of Camden Yards’ right-field foul pole in the Orioles’ 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay, the Rays manager blasted crew chief Gerry Davis, calling the situation “baseball anarchy” and saying that Davis “made stuff up on the field.”
Joyce’s ball was originally ruled in play, landing him at second base with a double. But after Orioles manager Buck Showalter sprinted out of the dugout to argue the ball was foul, Maddon asked for a replay review, but wanted to ensure that the ball would either be ruled a home run or remain a double.
Davis said after the game that most of the 10-minute delay was caused to make sure Maddon knew that once the play went to review, the ruling would be either a home run or a foul ball.
“Joe wanted to review to see if it was a home run, but only if the consequences were not the possibility of it being a foul ball,” Davis said. “He thought the only thing possible was it being a fair ball play, which would have been a double, or a home run. That’s not true. If we go to replay, whatever we ascertain from the replay is the call we make. So a foul ball is a possibility in that situation.”
Maddon vehemently disagreed with Davis’ assertion to the Tampa Bay Times before Monday’s afternoon game in Toronto.
"I disagree because that would be just a rule that is made up on the spot,” Maddon told the Times. “Doubles are not reviewable as a boundary call. Home runs are. … Regardless of what they say, that rule is not in the book where you can change a double to a foul ball, as far as I know.”
Maddon also said that if the ball was ruled foul, he would have played the game under protest.
"That is baseball anarchy when you're making stuff up on the field just like that,” Maddon argued. “That would just be making it up. That's sandlot. … Listen, if it goes to the right of the orange roadrunner, whetever, then it's reviewable. I totally disagree with their assessment on the field. It had to either be a double or a home run, period, in my mind.''
Bottom line, the umpires got the call right after review, but Maddon obviously didn't like being forced into taking a gamble by possibly losing a baserunner in a one-run game.
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