Some Final Thoughts From Charlie Manuel On Joe West's Fan Interference Ruling

Some Final Thoughts From Charlie Manuel On Joe West's Fan Interference Ruling

Charlie Manuel reiterated this afternoon that he never talked to umpire Joe West before he and his crew decided to review Hunter Pence's double against the Marlins yesterday. The Phillies have filed a formal protest and MLB will now review the play and ruling under question.

As I understand it, the only reason Joe West and company can go review the play is if they believe it could have been a home run. Once they determine it may have been a home run and go to review whether or not it was a home run, fan interference is an acceptable decision to come to after watching the video.

The only real argument the Phillies protest seems to carry, is whether or not Joe West and his crew went to review whether or not the ball was a home run.

Charlie Manuel maintains that he never asked for a review, despite West saying he did, but did Jack McKeon ask for a review to see if it was a home run?

Charlie had some fun words on that subject.

"I don't think Jack McKeon walked out to the umpire and said, 'I think that was a home run, would you review it?' That entered my mind when I was standing… just the moment I left the dugout. That was my first manager, I know he's a little smarter than that. I don't think he was asking for a review of a home run," Manuel said.

Or maybe McKeon is smarter than you think and knew that if they went to review for a home run and saw fan interference, the fan interference would get called? I'd be surprised if that actually were the case.

As it turns out, according to Jayson Stark's posting, it doesn't matter what McKeon requested at all if -- and this is the part I think is the most sketchy -- "the umpires decide to review a call to determine if there was a home run."

T-Mac and the TV crew seemed to nail this yesterday during the telecast. As long as Joe West says he was going to review whether it was a home run or not, that covers his decision to rule fan interference.

Manuel maintained that he never argued the ruling, but rather how the review process took place, and that he didn't believe you could review a defensive play.

From my understanding, you can't go to review simply whether there was fan interference or not on any play, but if you notice fan interference while reviewing whether a ball was a home run or not, you can rule fan interference and call Hunter Pence out.

So, Joe West was going to review whether Hunter Pence's hit was a home run or not all along, right?

Sure he was.

For a much more in-depth explanation of the rules, check out Stark's post here.

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds