The Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista thinks replays in baseball are a ‘joke’


Jose Bautista (Chris Young/The Canadian Press/AP)

Not everyone loves the addition of instant replays in major league baseball. Toronto Blue Jays all-star Jose Bautista is particularly offended by the practice. After a call didn’t go in his favor on Saturday, he said via Sportsnet:

“This whole replay thing has become a joke in my eyes. I think they should just ban it, they should just get rid of it, I don’t really understand the purpose of it, but getting the right call on the field is not the purpose. That’s pretty obvious and evident. I don’t know what kind of agenda the people that are doing the replays are on, what their plan is, what their purpose is, who they’re looking after. But obviously getting the right call on the field is not what they’re doing.”

The call in question came during the eighth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics when Bautista hit a double and Melky Cabrera was called out at home by umpire Bill Miller. The Jays’ dugout claimed A’s catcher Derek Norris’s glove never touched Cabrera, however, and challenged the call. But after two-and-a-half minutes of mulling over the video, the umpire decided to uphold the call. Bautista said (via Sportsnet):

“[Norris] missed [Cabrera] 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. It’s pretty frustrating for you to battle as a team, keep the game close, for our pitchers to be doing what they’re doing, for us to keep grinding through games and facing some tough pitching and somehow be able to tie the game in the eighth inning, 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.”

The Jays went on to lose to the A’s, 5-1.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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