TORONTO — Rays manager Joe Maddon insisted Monday he was right — and the umpires were wrong — in the interpretation of replay rules Sunday, saying it was "baseball anarchy" and "sandlot" for crew chief Gerry Davis to "make stuff up on the field."
But an MLB review found that Davis did follow guidelines properly in awarding the Rays' Matt Joyce a home run.
The issue occurred when Joyce hit a ball that struck above the wall but under the rightfield foul pole. Maddon's position was that since replay is only supposed to be used for boundary calls on home runs, the umps could only use the video to determine if the ball was a homer, or, as called initially, a double, and not to determine if it was foul, as O's manager Buck Showalter argued.
"Regardless of what they say, that rule is not in the book where you can change a double to a foul ball, as far as I know," Maddon said.
"That is baseball anarchy when you're making stuff up on the field just like that. … That would just be making it up. That's sandlot — 'Listen, if it goes to the right of the orange Roadrunner, whatever, then it's reviewable.' I totally disagree with their assessment on the field. It had to either be a double or a home run, period, in my mind."
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer