Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Maddon calls ump's position 'baseball anarchy'

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

Maddon calls ump's position 'baseball anarchy' 05/20/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 9:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. History shows Ole Miss upheaval tough to overcome


    After Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, with the opener six weeks away, offensive line coach Matt Luke is being thrown into an interim head coaching position. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations.

    After coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State went 6-7, including a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, in 2011.
  2. Bucs add top executive from MLS to business side


    The Bucs have hired a top executive from Major League Soccer to their business operations in Atul "AK" Khosla, who has spent the last six years as chief operating officer of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.

    Atul Khosla, 38, spent the last six years as chief operating officer of MLS' Chicago Fire. He joins the Bucs as their new chief corporate development and brand officer.
  3. Minors also a training ground for umpires with big-league dreams

    The Heater

    Umpire Tom Fornarola, 23, left, and Taylor Payne, 24, facing, talk before the start of the Gulf Coast League game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at the Tigertown complex in Lakeland, Fla. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
  4. For starters: Souza not in lineup vs. Rangers



  5. Remember that famous Fred McGriff TV commercial? He's back, in a parody


    If you've ever seen Fred McGriff's TV commerical for Tom Emanski's Defensive Drills video it will always be fresh in your mind, with the deadpan delivery and famously ill-fitting cap.

    Fred McGriff in his new commercial for Chassis, a men's grooming line, that looks a lot like his old one.