He was fit to be tied, now he’ll be fined.
Red Sox manager John Farrell will be fined by Major League Baseball for his criticism of the instant replay system last weekend at Yankee Stadium, MLB executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre told the New York Daily News.
Farrell, who was critical of the replay system after two review decisions in the Bronx went against the Red Sox, said “it’s hard to have any faith in the system,” after losing both Saturday and Sunday night’s game at Yankee Stadium.
“I’m not going to suspend [Farrell]. It will be a fine,” Torre told the Daily News. “I’m sorry about what he said. What I try to do in whatever I do in this job that the commissioner has imported me to do, is basically never forget what it’s like to be a player or a manager.
“Part of that never forgetting are the feelings, especially when you’re dealing with Red Sox-Yankees games. There is nothing that is insignificant about anything that happens in those games.”
Farrell had yet to hear about a fine before Tuesday’s game in Chicago. “Farrell said he spoke to Tony LaRussa not Joe Torre about his replay comments,” The Globe’s Nick Cafardo Tweeted. “Said he has not been informed of a fine.”
In Saturday’s loss to the Yankees, Xander Bogaerts appeared to tag Dean Ana out when Ana lifted his right foot off the second base bag after sliding into second base with a double in the eighth inning. Ana was ruled safe even though television replay clearly showed Bogaerts applying the tag. MLB eventually apologized for the blown call, according to multiple reports, claiming that the local broadcast feed showing the foot off the bag and tag was not immediately available to the officials in the replay center.
During Sunday’s 3-2 defeat, it appeared Francisco Cervelli grounded into a double-play but the replay center determined that Cervelli beat the throw and the out call was overturned. The replay showed the ball landing in Mike Napoli’s glove just as Cervelli was touching the bag, but the ruling would indicate that the ball was not secured making Cervelli safe. Farrell was thrown out of Sunday’s game after arguing that the play should have been viewed as inconclusive.
Torre also said that MLB will work to make sure umpires will have more conclusive replay angles so they will not encounter similar incidents going forward.