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Ventura: Replay system “hard to trust right now”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura would probably like to challenge the rulings on his challenges. If only he could.
Ventura’s record on challenges fell to 0-2 during the Sox’ 2-1 victory against the visiting Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. He asked the umpires for a review on Cory Blaser’s out call on Jose Abreu at first base when shortstop Xander Boegarts’ throw appeared to pull first baseman Mike Napoli’s foot off the base during the second inning.
After a 2 minute, 15-second delay for a review, the call stood.
“I’m not doing too good on those,” Ventura said after the game. “But you look at the replay, you see what you see on the field. Then, I haven’t seen the replay yet. But I know what I see on the field and then what everyone else sees on the replay.”
Ventura doesn’t believe he’s being picked on. Red Sox manager John Farrell was on the wrong end of a review just two days earlier that, to almost all observers viewing the replay on their television screens during a game against the Yankees, looked to be going the Red Sox’ way.
But the call stood, and Farrell got ejected for going back on the field to vent his frustration.
“Having trust in it is getting pretty hard right now,” Ventura said. “Even looking around the league, it’s a coin toss if you are going out there.”
Ventura’s first challenge came on April 6 in Kansas City. On that one, the Royals’ Eric Hosmer was called safe on a play that Ventura thought was a double play. After a review, the call stood.