Sox among teams learning replay procedure
CHICAGO -- Like any new system, the White Sox are working through the kinks of replay's early stages.
In the seventh inning of Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Twins in 11 innings, White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton caught a routine fly ball off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia but appeared to drop the ball on the exchange. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire challenged the ruling, thinking Eaton may have bobbled the ball the whole way through.
Replays appeared to show that Eaton cleanly caught the ball and indeed dropped the ball on the exchange, which would have made Arcia the first out of the inning and kept Trevor Plouffe at first base. Replay instead overturned the call and ruled that Eaton dropped the ball and awarded Plouffe second base.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the Sox should have finished the play, as Eaton had plenty of time to get the ball into second for a force out while Plouffe trotted back to first assuming the ball had been caught.
"Your natural reaction is you go with how the call is, because that's how everybody grew up," Ventura said. "It's just changed. You have to get used to it, and they have to change their mindset on how they react to those situations.
"We talked about it. But it's like telling your kids something. They might not believe it until they actually see it or go through it. Now that it's happened, it's kind of waking everybody up how that call is going to be made and how the end of it is done."
The review took approximately five minutes. Gardenhire ended up removing starter Kevin Correia from the game because of the long layoff between pitches.
"If they go against us, yes, they are," Ventura said on lengthy reviews being bothersome. "But that's part of it, and we're going to have to deal with it. I'm sure every other sport that started replay it was an annoyance and now it's part of the game. In the end, it's to get calls right, and that's the main thing."