Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 5/9/13
CLEVELAND -- Baseball admitted Thursday afternoon what the world knew Wednesday night: The call that took a home run from Oaklands Adam Rosales against the Indians was wrong.Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made, MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre said in a statement released Thursday. Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right.Perfection is one thing. Angel Hernandezs decision following a replay review took mere common sense.Because though Hernandez said he never saw a conclusive replay of the ninth inning double, there were plenty played on many broadcasts throughout the evening. The call became the main post on many internet sites, and had former major leaguer Chipper Jones posting his displeasure with Hernandez on Twitter. Even the Indians TV and radio announcers recognized the hit should have been a game-tieing home run and not a double.We saw what we saw last night, As manager Bob Melvin said after Oaklands 9-2 loss on Thursday. Before the statement was made we had a pretty good idea that was the case.It was tough to tell live whether the ball was a home run or off the yellow padded tape at the top of the 19-foot wall in left field. But replays clearly showed the ball hit a railing a few feet above the wall before ricocheting back on the field.Baseball added replay for just such a call, to be sure home runs were ruled properly. In this case, there seemed little chance it would not be called a home run, yet it wasnt.Melvin argued and was immediately ejected. He also could not protest the result because baseball does not allow games to be protested if a replay is involved. Randy Marsh, MLBs Director of Umpires, was in Cleveland Thursday, presumably for a meeting with Hernandez and crew.Torre said MLB would thoroughly review all the circumstances surrounding the decision.Torre also said the baseball rules give only the crew chief -- Hernandez -- the discretion to change a call. Because it was a judgment call, the result stands. Even with poor judgment.I respect Joe and his statement, Indians manager Terry Francona said. Glad it stands. All you can ask is guys to do the best they can. They went and checked and obviously it wasnt conclusive on what they saw, so you move on. Those things have a way of evening out. Theres plenty of nights I know Ill go home and not sleep. Sometimes those things happen.Francona said he had not gone back to view a replay.The As know what a single game means because they made the playoffs by a game a year ago, on the last day of the season. A missed call like that could affect them -- though not as much as being swept in a four-game series.What happened last night shouldnt affect today, Melvin said. They just beat us. I dont know why it would affect our confidence that a call was blown. I really dont. Just means the call was blown.Francona and Melvin both said its not realistic to think the ruling should have been changed and the game re-started at 4-4.Cant do that, Francona said. Not cause we won. The rules in place and you cant change rules. Just do the best you can.Thered been calls before that have been missed and nothings happened because of it, Melvin said.Hernandez has had incidents in the past where his calls have been questioned. He umpired behind the plate in Clevelands win on Tuesday, and many hitters left the batters box perplexed at his strike zone.As the second-base umpire Wednesday, Hernandez made the initial ruling of a double. As crew chief, he backed his ruling following the review.After further review, baseball ruled both rulings wrong.
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