For many people the verdict is still out on baseball’s expanded replay system, but not Jose Bautista. The Toronto Blue Jays right fielder has clearly had enough of the great replay experiment.
The final straw for Bautista came Saturday when the Blue Jays seemingly got jobbed on a challenge of a play at home plate. The Jays’ Melky Cabrera was ruled out even though he appeared to elude the tag by the A’s Derek Norris. Challenge upheld the seemingly incorrect out call, much to the Blue Jays’ dismay.
He missed him by a good foot or two. I don’t really know which replay they were looking at, but clearly they must have had a different video feed than the one we had.
Bautista then went off on replay in general:
It’s pretty frustrating for you to battle as a team, keep the game close…[then] it all goes down the drain because somebody first, initially, made a bad call to begin with. And then it gets upheld by God knows who, in some room in New York, supposedly.
This whole replay thing has become a joke, in my eyes.
Toronto has had multiple calls go against them this year, so it’s natural that Bautista would be against replay. Would he feel differently if Toronto had caught a few breaks thanks to replay?
He probably wouldn’t be as vocal in his outrage, let’s put it that way. But that’s how it goes.