Rays Await Decision On Joe Maddon’s Protest

Rays Joe Maddon

Rays manager Joe Maddon spent five minutes on the phone this morning with Joe Torre, the Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, discussing the events that led to Maddon protesting Saturday’s 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays.

Maddon protested the game in the top of the fourth inning when umpire crew chief Bob Davidson allowed Jays manager John Gibbons to use his replay challenge on a pickoff attempt at first base on Rays designated hitter Wil Myers.

“It’s not a dead issue, yet. It’s got to go through the process,” Maddon said. “(Torre is) willing to listen, so we’ll present our case and see what happens.”

Gibbons didn’t exit the dugout until Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle was standing on the rubber and Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was standing in the batter’s box.

Maddon said all the conversation he had before the season about the new replay rules said that scenario indicates play had resumed and prevents a manger from challenging the previous play.

“It gave me, I would say, and adequate amount of hope,” Maddon said. “There is nuance to that rule in some regard, but to me there’s no nuance whatsoever and I think almost like the heart and soul, the crux of the system is, pitcher on the rubber, batter in the box, precludes anything else from happening.”

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