Infuriated by the latest review challenge to go against his Toronto Blue Jays, Jose Bautista blasted baseball’s replay system as a “joke” incapable of getting calls on the field right that needs to be eliminated. The all-star slugger reached his tipping point in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics, when he doubled and Melky Cabrera was called out at home on a close play by umpire Bill Miller. Cabrera immediately signalled safe and demanded that manager John Gibbons use his challenge, which he did. After a review of about 2:30, the play on the field stood meaning replays were inconclusive, even though there was one shot which seemed to show catcher Derek Norris clearly missing Cabrera’s back with a swipe tag. Bautista, standing at second at the time, immediately waved his arms in frustration, and later ranted in the Blue Jays dugout. Cabrera’s run would have made it a 3-2 game with a runner at second for Adam Lind, but it wasn’t to be. After the game, Bautista was waiting for reporters in the Blue Jays clubhouse and unloaded.
Jays’ Bautista calls replay system a ‘joke’
Sportsnet | Jul 6