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Frustration with replay system mounting for Orioles manager Buck Showalter

Manager Buck Showalter looks on from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 15, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Manager Buck Showalter looks on from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 15, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.(Brian Blanco)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was still waiting for an explanation on some of the replay decisions on close calls that he thought wrongly went against his team Wednesday. He said the system, while better than the alternative of not having it, is beginning to get on his nerves.

The Orioles had two calls go against them Wednesday — a ball hit by catcher Matt Wieters that went over the right field foul pole but was ruled foul instead of a home run, and an out call at first base in the ninth inning that was ruled safe.

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"People say, 'Well, it didn't really make a difference,'" Showalter said. "Yes it did. A one-run game is a whole different situation for a lot of different things. I'm just really getting frustrated with it."

Showalter half-whimsically, half-seriously suggested the Orioles affix lasers to the top of the foul poles at Camden Yards, which were taken from Memorial Stadium and installed in their current home as a carryover from the team's old park.

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But they've lost three home runs that were ruled foul and probably would have hit the foul pole had it been taller, and a laser would allow the pole to be extended in theoretical perpetuity to better judge such calls.

As for the play at first base, which saw first baseman Chris Davis fall down but appear to remain in contact with the bag, Showalter's bewilderment was clear. He estimates it's one of between five and seven calls that the Orioles are convinced were wrongly ruled on review.

"They have to beat the play," Showalter said. "If they get there the same time as the ball, you're out. That guy, I'm not even sure they beat the play. I was shocked they overturned that one. Now, when they go to replay, I just go, 'Uh oh.' I don't know what they're looking at back there."

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