CHICAGO - Major League vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre, told the New York Daily News that he planned to fine John Farrell for comments critical of the replay system in baseball over two questionable replay reviews last weekend in New York.
Farrell has spoken to Torre regarding the issue, and Farrell wouldn’t be surprised if a fine was coming based on his words about the replay system following a 3-2 loss to the Yankees Sunday night.
The fine seems a formality. It’s also expected Torre will eventually have a conversation with Farrell sometime Tuesday.
Torre told the Daily News, “I’m not going to suspend him. It will be a fine,” Torre said. “I’m sorry about what he said. What I try to do in whatever I do in this job that the commissioner has imported me to do, is basically never forget what it’s like to be a player or a manager.
“Part of that never forgetting are the feelings, especially when you’re dealing with Red Sox-Yankees games,” Torre said. “There is nothing that is insignificant about anything that happens in those games,”
In Saturday’s game, Xander Bogaerts seemed to tag Dean Anna out when Anna took his right foot off the bag following an eighth inning double. On Sunday, Francisco Cervelli was called out on a double-play ground ball. Upon review, it was overturned- the ruling being that Cervelli beat out the throw. The replay showed Cervelli hitting the bag as the ball was visible in Mike Napoli’s mitt, but not secured.
Farrell thought the play should have been viewed as inconclusive.