Manuel: Near-homer deserved replay
Manager not pleased with lack of attention from umpires
PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel is trying to wrap his mind around instant replay.
He thought umpires should have looked at the ball Greg Dobbs hit down the right-field line in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Red Sox in 13 innings at Citizens Bank Park. Dobbs hit a ball almost straight over the right-field foul pole. First-base umpire Jim Joyce said he got a good look at the ball and thought it was foul. Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino, who was on first base at the time, and first-base coach Davey Lopes agreed with Joyce.
But Manuel didn't understand why the umpires didn't look at instant replay to be absolutely certain.
"That's the first time I've ever asked for a review of a play," Manuel said before Saturday's game against the Red Sox. "[Joyce] said that's not a review."
Joyce said Friday he was positive the ball was foul.
"If I would have had any doubt at all, first of all, I would have went to the crew," Joyce told MLB.com. "And then we would have made a decision to look at it at that point. I was very confident the ball was foul. I'll be very honest with you. I thought about it after the call. But I was very confident that ball was foul. I even thought to myself, 'What am I going to see on the replay?' It didn't hit anything."
Crew chief Derryl Cousins explained that while a manager has the right to request a review, the crew is not obligated to do so.
In other words, Manuel doesn't have a red flag to throw onto the field to guarantee a review like Eagles coach Andy Reid.
Manuel watched the replay of Dobbs' foul ball a few times.
"The ball went out of the park fair," he said. "Now if you send that in [to the Commissioner's Office], I guarantee they aren't going to see it that way. ... When the ball leaves the ballpark, that's when the play should be called."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.