Integrating instant replay into MLB this season hasn’t been an easy feat. At times, the replay reviews have taken too long or they’ve casted more doubt on the on-field call rather than clarify it, among other issues.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have had their share of struggles with instant replay, but they’ve also benefitted from its use. During Tuesday’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers found themselves on the right side of replay; winning two of three calls manager Don Mattingly protested.
While Mattingly was certainly acting within his rights, ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon reported the umpires grew agitated when the Dodger manager asked for his third and final replay of the night:
The umpires were a bit irritated with the Dodgers last night when they asked for their third replay, I've heard. Considered it ticky-tacky.
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) August 28, 2014
The Dodgers first challenge came on an A.J. Ellis single in the fourth inning that resulted in Carl Crawford being called out at home plate in his attempt to score from second base; Mattingly asked for a crew-chief review to determine if Rule 7.13, which banned catchers from blocking the plate, was violated.
During the review, it was determined Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero tagged Crawford on the shoulder with his glove while the ball remained separated and in his right (bare) hand, thus leading to the call being overturned.
The next batter, Mattingly then challenged a call at first base on Roberto Hernandez’s bunt attempt in which the Dodger pitcher was initially ruled out and that was also overturned. Mattingly’s final challenge came an inning later (fifth) with the Dodgers leading 8-2.
David Peralta slid into second base and one angle suggested he came completely off the bag while Hanley Ramirez applied the tag. Losing their final challenge didn’t hurt the Dodgers as the Diamondbacks failed to score any runs during the inning.
The Dodgers had scored two runs in the fourth prior to their two challenges, which led to four more runs. Mattingly acknowledged some of the challenges that have come with utilizing instant replay, but believes the system will improve moving forward.
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