Ventura not yet concerned with instant replay

Ventura not yet concerned with instant replay
August 25, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Alex Ruppenthal

Each of the Sox last two games have featured plays that might have been overturned by instant replay.

On Saturday, Alexei Ramirez was called out at home despite beating the throw from left field to the plate. Rangers’ catcher A.J. Pierzynski blocked the plate, and Ramirez was called out.

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On Friday, Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected for arguing a call that gave the Rangers’ Ian Kinsler an inside-the-park home run after the ball he hit got wedged under the padding of the left-field wall.

"I don't know [if that play would have been reviewable],” Ventura said. “I think that's more of a judgment. They might be able to look at it and do that. I don't even know if that's reviewable. Again, I haven't read exactly how it's going to go because right now it doesn't matter. If they institute it, I'll polish up on it.”

Earlier this month, MLB announced that it will implement instant replay for virtually all calls excluding the calling of strikes and balls next season, giving managers three challenges per game.

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Had he been able to challenge either of the two plays, Ventura said he probably would have. 

“I think guys are going to be able to use it and you're going to find out if it was the right call or not,” Ventura said. “That's just part of replay that we're going to have to work out as far as how it's exactly used. We've had a few plays in the last three or four games where you're probably going to take a shot at it and get a replay of it. As long as they get it right in the end, that's what you're shooting for."