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No protest from Yankees means case closed on Royals homer

Aug 18, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

Joe Girardi, Dana DeMuth Reuters

MLB’s executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre acknowledged umpire Dane DeMuth’s mistake in awarding Billy Butler a home run in Kansas City last night, but because the Yankees declined to file a protest, the matter is over with.

DeMuth got the Kauffman Stadium ground rules wrong in giving Butler a homer in the Yankees’ 5-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

“There really was a misunderstanding about what the ground rule represented,” Torre said. “The cushion and the little screen and railing are in the ballpark. I talked to Dana DeMuth, and obviously last night from what went on, he was very sure that that ball was a home run because it hit that back fence, which he thought was out of the park.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t protest the game after the incident.  He said he believed DeMuth’s interpretation that it was a homer.

DeMuth has yet to comment, but Torre said he would be made available to the media on Friday.

  1. FC - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    That picture is begging for a caption contest.

    • jjschiller - Aug 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      “No, I’m not kidding. And it’s got salami, and capicola, and they put it on that little press grill thing.”

  2. pjmarn6 - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    And what would a protest do? Would they have to play the game over again? Or would the play resume with the player on 2nd base?

  3. FC - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    What? No one actually tried? Let me get the ball rolling:

    “You heard me Dana! Two Tequilas! Both this high, just to forget that Horsesh*t of a call you guys just pulled.”

    • Kevin S. - Aug 19, 2011 at 8:34 AM

      “I have a binder THIS THICK with dirt on you, Dana.”

  4. cackalackyank - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Really no point in protesting. The odds are they would not do anything about it…just like the Uggla play, just like the non perfect game in Detroit last year, just like that committee working on getting the A’s a real Stadium somewhere, just like the way they vetted Frank McCourt……well you see there’s a pattern here right?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 19, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      Actually, no. Misinterpretation of the rules is indeed grounds for a protest being granted. That’s what happened with the Pine Tar game. The Uggla play and the Galarraga game were calls that the umps simply missed, and I’m not sure what the As or dodgers situations have to do with calls on the field.

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