Joe West Comments on Replay Controversy

Joe West Comments on Replay Controversy

Umpire Joe West is claiming that Phillies' manager Charlie Manuel argued prior to the review that Pence's hit was a home run. From MLB.com:

Both
Manuel and Jack McKeon came out of their respective dugouts to argue
the initial ruling, and crew chief Joe West said that led to the review.

"I
had two managers on the field," West said. "One of them was arguing
that they wanted an out, and the other was arguing that he wanted a home
run. Because they wanted me to go look because they wanted a home run, I
got to judge whether it went over the fence or not.

"[Home-plate
umpire Chad Fairchild] already thought it was spectator interference.
So now we go look at the replay, and we have to take all the evidence
that we get from the replay and that's why we came up with the rule,
which is the correct ruling."

If true, Charlie's original
dispute could potentially jeopardize the team's protest.

Still, even if Charlie did ask for the review, video replay isn't supposed to be used to determine fan interference unrelated to a boundary dispute.

If anything, the team could still argue that regardless of the interference or Manuel's request, that West was justified in checking for the home run, but then violated the rules in calling Pence "out." Under this interpretation of the rules, West would only have had the authority to rule Pence's hit a home run and nothing further. If the replay did not show the ball over the fence, which it did not, then regardless of the interference, Pence should have been allowed to stay at second. While that may have resulted in the "wrong call," the Phillies could argue that by the time the review began, West lacked the authority under the rules to retroactively make "the right call" without a genuine boundary dispute.

Contrary to that argument, we are hearing reports that once umpires are under the hood, they may enforce all rules they see fit to make what they deem the right call. This would prove a more expansive authorization of video replay than was previously assumed to exist. If this is true and if Charlie did ask for the review, then the Phillies protest doesn't stand a chance. And since, as far as we can tell, Major League Baseball failed to include the language governing instant replay in their latest rulebook, we cannot comment on which interpretation of the rules, if either, is correct.

As for the rest
of the article from MLB.com, at no point does Manuel mention whether or not he ever
appealed the play as a home run, though he does maintain his objection
to the replay and ruling.

Now, CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury is reporting that West did not speak to Manuel until after the review was finished, directly contradicting West's justification for review. Regardless, Salisbury does not believe that an appeal would hold up even if the Phillies were to complete the necessary paperwork and officially file protest with the league.

Previously:
>>Phillies lose in 14, Protest over Controversial Replay
>>Ricky Bottalico Tired of your Shoddy Umpiring
>>Phillies Fan Interferes with Potential Home Run in Ninth Against Cubs

Brian Carroll's goal in 92nd minute gives Union draw with Rapids

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Brian Carroll's goal in 92nd minute gives Union draw with Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Brian Carroll tied it in 92nd minute and the Union escaped with a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids in a showdown of the Western and Eastern conference leaders.

Carroll ran underneath Fabian Herbers' high-arching header and slotted the finish under goalkeeper Zac MacMath from close range.

The Union (5-3-5) responded only 5 minutes after the Rapids (8-2-4) opened the scoring on Sam Cronin's header in the 87th minute. Cronin made a deep run to connect with Marlon Hairston's cross from the right flank, redirecting it into the far corner of the goal.

Both Dillon Powers and Luis Solignac had shots crash off the crossbar for the Rapids after the 70th minute.

The Union extended their unbeaten streak to seven while the Rapids stayed unbeaten in their nine home games this season.

Chase Utley haunts Mets in Dodgers' rout at Citi Field

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Chase Utley haunts Mets in Dodgers' rout at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- Chase Utley hit a grand slam and a solo homer after Noah Syndergaard threw a 99 mph fastball behind his back, and the Los Angeles Dodgers went deep a season-high five times in routing the New York Mets 9-1 on Saturday night.

In a scene that seemed inevitable since October, Syndergaard was immediately ejected following the third-inning pitch -- almost certainly his shot at retaliation against Utley for the late takeout slide that broke the right leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year's playoffs.

Plate umpire Adam Hamari tossed Syndergaard, sending Mets manager Terry Collins into a rage, but no trouble ensued between the teams. A longtime New York nemesis, Utley raised one hand slightly in the direction of the Dodgers' bench to keep teammates calm -- and later answered by doing all sorts of damage with his bat.

Kenta Maeda (4-3) shook off an early line drive that appeared to hit him in the pitching hand and threw five shutout innings for the win. The right-hander yielded two hits, both in the first, and snapped his three-game losing streak.

Adrian Gonzalez homered and had four hits for the Dodgers, who spoiled the Mets' 30th anniversary celebration of their 1986 World Series championship. Corey Seager and Howie Kendrick also connected, all after Syndergaard was gone.

Pinch-hitter Juan Lagares homered in the eighth for New York, long after the outcome was decided.

The stoic Utley is playing at Citi Field this weekend for the first time since Tejada was injured. The Mets -- and their fans -- were incensed by the aggressive slide, which led to a change in baseball rules this season designed to protect infielders in what some call the Utley Rule.

But the Mets had not tried to retaliate until Saturday night.

With one out and nobody on in the third inning of a scoreless game, Syndergaard's first pitch to Utley sailed behind the second baseman's back by a considerable margin.

Hamari immediately ejected Syndergaard, prompting Collins to come storming out of the dugout. Collins also was ejected after screaming at Hamari and pointing in his face during an animated argument. The manager was finally escorted back toward the New York dugout by another umpire.

After waiting near the mound with teammates for some time, Syndergaard walked calmly to the Mets' dugout without showing any emotion as the crowd cheered him.

Logan Verrett (3-2) entered for the Mets and, with a vocal contingent in the sellout crowd of 42,227 urging him to hit Utley with a pitch, eventually threw a called third strike past him. But then Utley homered on Verrett's first pitch of the sixth to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Booed all night, Utley added his sixth career slam off Hansel Robles in the seventh, giving Los Angeles a 6-0 cushion with his 38th career homer against the Mets.

In the series opener Friday night, Utley was greeted with loud jeers and derisive chants. He had four RBIs in a 6-5 loss, including a three-run double that tied the score with two outs in the ninth.

Where are you now?
Tejada was released by the Mets during spring training and signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, who designated him for assignment Saturday.

Trainer's room
Dodgers: RF Trayce Thompson exited in the fifth with lower back soreness. He was replaced by Yasiel Puig, who hit an RBI single off Verrett in the sixth.

Mets: INF Wilmer Flores (hamstring) went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly in his fifth rehab game for Double-A Binghamton. Before the game, Collins said it was reasonable to think Flores could come off the disabled list Sunday.

Up next
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday night against 43-year-old Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.44). Kershaw, coming off a two-hit shutout against Cincinnati, is 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 10 starts against the Mets. He is 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA in May -- including a three-hit shutout of New York on May 12 at Dodger Stadium. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has struck out 55 and walked two this month.

Soul drop 1st road game of season to Gladiators

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Soul drop 1st road game of season to Gladiators

The Soul fell on the road to the Cleveland Gladiators, 63-49, at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.

The loss was just the second of the season and the first away from the Wells Fargo Center for the Soul. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed 25 of 44 passes for 342 yards and seven touchdownsi in a losing effort.

The Gladiators were led by receiver Quentin Sims, who finished with 10 receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns, and signal caller Arvell Nelson who completed 22 of 36 passes for 307 yards and seven touchdowns.

Next week, the Soul travel to Jacksonville to take on the Sharks on Saturday, June 4. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports and 97.5 The Fanatic.  Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.