Robin Ventura wouldn’t change anything about how he handled Wednesday’s controversial play at the plate.
He’d change the rule itself, but the White Sox manager is glad he reacted after a clear-cut out at home plate was overturned by review officials, who ruled that catcher Tyler Flowers blocked Gregor Blanco’s path home. Ventura went haywire after the reversal, drawing the 10th, and most animated, ejection of his career as he yelled, pointed and covered home plate with several kicks worth of dirt.
Ventura said he heard from “a lot” of friends and family about his reaction and that his children loved it.
“I don’t feel any different and I wouldn’t have done anything different,” Ventura said. “The guy was going to be out, so he’s out. I think you sit and think about it and probably the only thing Tyler did was he blocked the guy’s line of sight. He didn’t block him. He just blocked him from seeing it from like 25 feet. That’s where you get confused with how it’s applied. I know what the spirit of the rule is supposed to be with protecting catchers and taking care of them. It’s gone a little bit beyond that.”
Ventura isn’t a fan of Rule 7.13 at all.
He doesn’t expect it to go away but rather be tweaked the way replay officials changed the transfer rule earlier this season. Ventura agreed that common sense needs to enter the equation when it comes to all Flowers had to do on the play, including avoiding a broken bat, locating the ball, getting into position, catching the ball and applying a tag. Considering all those factors and Blanco being out by a considerable amount, Ventura still isn’t pleased.
“Obviously we’re going through a period where we’re trying to understand the play and the rule, and I would have to say that, I would hope there would be some adjustments made,” Ventura said. “I think you still have to see the play and allow the catcher some freedom to move around. I don’t necessarily think they can look at two things at once either. But I think if a guy is going to be out, he’s going to be out. You have a pretty good idea of that when you see the play otherwise I think if you take it too far, you’re probably at a point where you might as well make it a force play at home like you do at first. It would clean up everything.”
And about that runner that was awarded third base on the controversial play only to be ordered back to second after umpires review it a second time? Ventura, who isn’t sure who he channeled with the dirt kick, has a pretty good idea what he would have done had the runner not gone back to second.
“If they would’ve left the guy on third, I would’ve had a little Lloyd McClendon too,” Ventura said. “I did have a sore hamstring the next day.”
Coop is back
Pitching coach Don Cooper is back and said he’s fine after missing 16 games with a bout of vertigo. Cooper, who had some unprintable thoughts on how Jose Quintana was affected by Wednesday’s overturned call, said his balance, equilibrium and dizziness have all improved.
“I’ve been getting lots of letters and or phone calls from people and fans that have had and deal with this. I appreciate everybody’s concern,” Cooper said. “And I’m back.”
Cooper hasn’t been on the team’s last two road trips but plans to attend a three-game series at Yankee Stadium next weekend.
-- Triple-A Charlotte infielder Tyler Saladino had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow Thursday. He’s expected to be ready for the 2015 season.
-- Single-A Winston-Salem OF Jacob May had surgery on Thursday to repair a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. He’ll need six-to-eight weeks to heal.
-- White Sox charities, the club’s annual fundraising and community outreach campaign, raised $209,000 between Aug. 1-6 and has brought in $886,000 over six years.