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.

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.