July 2014

Bautista speaks out

Jose Bautista has never been known to keep his feelings about umpires to himself but he took it to a whole new level following Saturday night’s 5-1 loss to the A’s. Bautista was upset that a call involving Melky Cabrera at home plate wasn’t overturned in Toronto’s favor.

There will be more coverage on this, plus news on Edwin Encarnacion who felt a pop in his right leg on Saturday, up soon on bluejays.com. But in the meantime, here are Bautista’s comments in their entirety:

Bautista:

“He missed him by a good foot or two. I don’t really know which replay they were looking at but clearly they must have had a different video feed than the one we had. It’s pretty frustrating for you to battle as a team, keep the game close, for our pitchers to be doing what they’re doing, for us to keep grinding through games, and facing some touch pitching, and somehow be able to get an opportunity to tie the game in the eighth inning, it all goes down the drain because somebody first, initially, made a bad call to begin with. And then it gets upheld by god knows who, in some room in New York supposedly.

“This whole replay thing has become a joke in my eyes. I think they should just ban it, they should just get rid of it, I don’t really understand the purpose of it, but getting the right call on the field is not the purpose. That’s pretty obvious and evident. I don’t know what kind of agenda the people that are doing the replays are on, what their plan is, what their purpose is, who they’re looking after. But obviously getting the right call on the field is not what they’re doing.

“Not only the one tonight, for us, that have gone against us when they had a chance to get the right call and reverse a bad one that has been made on the field. I can remember another one in Baltimore, another one or two in Baltimore, that same thing, to tie or go ahead in the game like that when you’re on the road, I don’t see the point of having this replay system that doesn’t work.”

This was what you were visibly angry about in the dugout? Not over something else?
“It was over this. It’s not frustration over anything else, that situation, that moment. I feel like there was a chance for Adam Lind to tie the game in the eighth inning was taken away from us. Man on second, two outs, 3-2 ballgame, we were right in it. Unfortunately some people, I don’t know what the right word is, lack of integrity, lack of accountability, or some really good comraderie that are looking after eachother, are not doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Because getting the right call on the field, which is why instant replay was instituted, is not the purpose of what’s happening. The best evidence is what happened today.”

Are you hearing this from other players around the league too…
“I have no idea what other people think or want to say, or anything. That’s my opinion. That’s it.”

Edwin’s injury…
“I know his leg is hurting but that’s about it. I don’t know much other than that.”

So many injuries on the team…
“Losing Edwin in any lineup, on any team, would be tough. It’s for some short period of time, or considerable period of time, which we don’t know what will happen yet, he’s got to get an MRI and see what they say. I don’t think the fact that a couple of us are hurting right now makes it any worse. Losing him with everybody healthy would still be bad for us. As a winning team, you have to figure out how to win and that’s what we have to do.”

Playing the field on Sunday…
“I might be able to do it. First, third, outfield, whatever he needs. We didn’t know Edwin was going to be out, so there’s more holes to be filled now. There’s a couple of us that are banged out. I’m sure they’re going to try to decide the best combination of players, where everybody plays, is going to be for us.”

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