BOSTON – Umpire Jerry Meals would like a mulligan. John Farrell would like a chance to give it to him.
Meals admitted after Monday’s Red Sox-Rays game that he made the wrong call on a play at the plate in the eighth inning of what was eventually a 2-1 win for Tampa Bay. Farrell said Tuesday that he appreciates Meals’ accountability, although it’s clear that the Red Sox manager would have enjoyed expanded video replay in that particular situation.
“I appreciate him stating what transpired afterward,” Farrell said Tuesday. “It’s the human element inside the game and given that over the last couple of years umpires have become more exposed to questioning after the game, I appreciate him saying what he did. It doesn’t change the outcome obviously, and maybe it furthers the debate on including more video replay.”
The debate over whether or not Major League Baseball should implement more video replay has been going on for a while, and it’s not going anywhere, mainly because blown calls li...