Adam Rosales #17 of the Oakland Athletics hits a double during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Athletics 4-3.
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CLEVELAND - Baseball is a game of failure.
We normally use this line to describe hitters that are superstars if they can get a hit more than three out of 10 times.
When A’s Adam Rosales's double should have been a home run in the 9th inning, the video replay rule didn’t work right. The result: the Indians win 4-3 win over the A's on Wednesday night.
The system is in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen. In this case, video replay let down the A’s, baseball fans, the media and people who believe that this game should have been restarted with a home run from Rosales’ in the ninth inning.
To restart this game would have been a mess. To make sure this never happens again would be the right call.
Major League Baseball is far from perfect. But, the fact that despite outcry from many well-respected MLB writers, the league actually did the right thing by letting the game stand.
"By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief," MLB executive VP for Baseball Operations Joe Torre said in a statement released during Thursday's series finale. "In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night's crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field. It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.
"Home and away broadcast feeds are available for all uses of instant replay, and they were available to the crew last night. Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made. Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right. Earlier this morning, we began the process of speaking with the crew to thoroughly review all the circumstances surrounding last night's decision."
After the fact, it’s easy to see that they got it wrong twice at the game. But, the bottom line is that the A’s had 27 outs. They used all 27 outs. Oakland had plenty of chances before the double and after.
Time after time when officials get a call wrong, we want to blame them. It is easy thing to do. It takes a bigger person to realize that the A’s shouldn’t have left the game in the umps’ hands.
When you bank on the umps, you will lose.
The A’s got robbed, the umps got it wrong, but MLB and Joe Torre got it right. You can’t fix a game that is based in failure.
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