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Corey Kluber is miffed he didn’t get to throw warmup pitches during a replay review

Aug 28, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

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Here’s an odd area of the new replay rules most of us hadn’t thought about: if and when the pitcher on the mound during the replay gets to throw warmup pitches following a replay review.

Most of the time the TV cameras aren’t focused on the pitcher during a review. They’re focused on the umps in headsets and the showing of replays of the play being reviewed. But apparently, some pitchers use that time to keep warm, as they don’t know how long the review may last. Some, however, wait it out and then throw a couple pitches after the review is over and before play resumes.

That’s what Indians starter Corey Kluber usually does, anyway. But last night he was denied. He didn’t much care for that. From Jordan Bastian at MLB.com:

The pitcher has been on the mound for a handful of replay reviews, including one that lasted a few minutes in the eighth inning of his Aug. 15 start against the Orioles. Given the unpredictability of the length of any given review, the pitcher has developed a routine in which he warms up after the conclusion of the delay . . . When Wednesday’s review wrapped up after a quick 48-second conference with the Replay Operations Center in New York, Kluber asked to throw a few warmup pitches. [umpire Rob] Drake informed the pitcher that he should have done that during the review. Kluber then checked with [Crew Chief Joe] West, but the pitcher was instructed to take the mound in order to resume the game.

Kluber didn’t much care for having to guess when he should throw. He said, in this case anyway, it didn’t much matter, but that not having a set rule about when pitchers can take warmup pitches is a problem to be addressed.

I don’t assume that a 48-second review like this one will create precedent, but at some point an extended review may cause a problem that MLB would do well to address.

  1. RoyHobbs39 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Due to how reactionary MLB is, we will not have a rule in place until this is an issue in Game 4 of the 2014 ALCS. They will then make the rule. The rule will be that if it is a Home Run review, the pitcher will be allowed two warm up pitches. If it is a plate review, the pitcher will be allowed twelve warm up pitches. It will then go into effect starting game 3 of the 2015 World Series.

  2. r8rnuck - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Craig, it was an extremely pivotal point in the game and the entire reason for the review was suspect at best. Ventura basically convinced the crew to review if Perez was blocking the plate (note: he very clearly had the ball before making the ball) and the lead-in to the actual review was relatively long. Ventura was trying to break klubers rhythm and congrats to him; he managed to get away with it and get the go ahead run.

    • r8rnuck - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      *before making the play

  3. miguelcairo - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I saw this happening last night but had no idea what was happening; Hawk Harrelson was calling the game.

  4. Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    “48 seconds! Don’t rush me now. I need to think a little bit.”

    –Josh Beckett

  5. rugdaniels - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Kluber should have just tossed from the mound during the review. Cole Hamels did that the other night. Don’t even ask ump, just toss w/ the catcher and if the umps you, discuss it then. Better to beg forgiveness than ask for permission.

  6. scottychicago - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Ventura was upset because the same exact play happened 2 or 3 weeks ago in San Francisco and a runner who was out by 10 feet was ruled safe because the catcher’s foot was over the line. Same situation here, different ruling. Opposite calls on the same stupid rule have both went against the White Sox. That’s why Robin was pissed. I don’t think he’s smart enough to think about taking the opposing pitcher out of a rhythm.

    • r8rnuck - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      did not know that. i guess it makes sense…i guess it would also make sense for the fn league to really review all the rules with respect to the plays at the plate during the offseason so the umps have a fn consistent clue as to what to call!!!!

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