Postgame: Twins see Showalter's point about replay system

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • August 29, 2014 - 10:48 PM

     An eventful night at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Here are a few leftovers:

    ILLUSTRATING HIS POINT: Buck Showalter has been very public this season about his unhappiness with baseball's replay-challenge system, his disbelief that even with an elaborate video system in place, calls are being botched by the crews issuing rulings from New York. He had more ammunition on Friday, but he let his counterpart do the complaining this time. That's because Delmon Young's fifth-inning home run, on the last of Trevor May's 84 pitches, appeared an open-and-shut case of a call that should be overturned. But the Orioles got the benefit of a call that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire fumed about after the game. Showalter, who said he couldn't wait to discuss the call with Gardenhire, sounded as though he was prepared for the home run to be overruled. He said he was prepared to argue that Adam Jones, on first base at the time with two outs, should be awarded home plate, and not be forced to stop at third base as he would on a ground-rule double. "I'm not quite sure how they saw it, but I liked the end game on that," the Orioles manager said. "At the very least, Delmon would have had a double and the run would have scored, I think."  Gardenhire, well aware of Showalter's lobbying for more accountability in the replay system, ended his angry comments on the matter by saying, "I agree with Buck."

    SAY YOUR PIECE: Gardenhire complimented the umpiring crew, and especially crew chief Mike Winters, for not ejecting him after the ruling came back from New York. The manager vented about the call for 20 seconds or so, which is supposed to be an automatic ejection. "Mike Winters actually went above and beyond, because he let me say my piece, and he didn't have to do that. I told him how disappointing it is for that to happen, and he said, 'I'm not even supposed to be talking with you in this situation. I'm giving you a little slack here.' He understood totally. The crew here did what they were supposed to do. Here."

    ALL IN HIS HEAD? The fact that a player who had not hit a batter in 115 innings of major- and minor-league baseball suddenly hit back-to-back hitters in the fourth inning would suggest that the problem is in Trevor May's head. But both May and Gardenhire said they're not so sure. "That's what we're all saying -- it's mental. But is it? I don't know," Gardenhire said. "I don't know if he just loses his mechanics or whatever. It could be a physical thing, where he gets a little out of whack with his mechanics. ... We're not so much frustrated as, we're trying to figure it out." And May insisted that nerves is no longer a problem, not like it was in his first appearance or two. It all comes down to execution in big spots, something that he hasn't been able to do.

    DRAFTEE HEADED TO AFL: Jake Reed was drafted by the Twins out of the University of Oregon in the fifth round last June. It hasn't taken the 21-year-old righthander long to make an impression. Reed, who has allowed only one earned run in 30 innings as a professional, has been added to the roster of the Salt River Rafters in this year's Arizona Fall League, the Twins announced Friday. The team had originally considered assigning second-round pick Nick Burdi to the AFL, but decided instead to send Reed. The southern California native, who currently owns a 21 2/3-inning scoreless streak at Class A Cedar Rapids, will join fellow Twins prospects Taylor Rogers, Jason Adam, Mason Melotakis, Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario, and Byron Buxton in the Arizona Fall League.

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