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John Farrell to get fined for being critical of instant replay

Apr 15, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

John Farrell AP

When Major League Baseball finally approved instant replay, a strong message was sent along with it, both through official channels and unofficial channels in the form of background comments to many reporters writing replay stories.

That message? It’s a work in progress. Baseball is being deliberate because it wants to get things right. If things don’t go smoothly, we’ll adjust. We’ll listen to managers and players and umpires and do our best to tweak the system.

That’s a smart message! It’s also one that is being undermined by fining people who are critical of replay. As baseball is apparently going to do to John Farrell. From the Daily News:

Joe Torre, MLB’s executive VP of baseball operations, told the Daily News on Monday that Farrell would be fined for his critical remarks about baseball’s new replay system following Boston’s 3-2 loss Sunday night.

The comments, which included Farrell saying “it’s hard to have any faith in the (replay) system,” came after instant replay decisions went against the Sox in losses on Saturday and Sunday.

Farrell didn’t say it was corrupt. He didn’t say it was a failure. He voiced his frustration with a system that has not been perfect out of the gate.  While I’m sure Major League Baseball would prefer such criticisms to be a bit more constructive and a lot more private, fining someone for stating the bleedin’ obvious like Farrell did is not exactly on all fours with the message about wanting feedback about their sure-to-be-tweaked work-in-progress.

  1. soberlyf - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    Cervelli was safe at first, no question about it on the replay so Farrell was arguing a call he’d only lose a challenge on. It was nothing but Farrell venting the frustration of losing to the Yanks and looking bad doing it What’s more, if not for some sparkling D in the field, the Sox would have gotten Mercy-Ruled like a little league team. If CC doesn’t hang one pitch to Sizemore, a guy who’s been useless in the Majors for 4 years, the Sox lose 4 straight…and they lost to a guy who hasn’t pitched in 2 years (Pineda), Nova who is inconsistent and nearly lost to CC who’s still learning to pitch with less heat and you never saw our new ace, Tanaka

  2. stinkfist5 - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Stop being such sensitive drama queens MLB!! Same to you NFL!

  3. timpaz - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Torre always been nothing but a yes man, was fortunate in having a very talented team with the Yankees who needed little managing, one reason his protege Mattingly will never win with the Dodgers, a Torre clone.

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