Whether baseball should expand its instant replay beyond home run calls became a topic for conversation following the Texas Rangers' game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in Arlington.
Here's what happened: With one out in the sixth inning, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus popped up a squeeze bunt that A's starter Brandon McCarthy appeared to catch and turn into a double play by throwing to third base to retire Craig Gentry, who was coming home on the play. However, home plate umpire Laz Diaz ruled that McCarthy trapped the ball, and Gentry's run counted, giving the Rangers a 4-3 lead.
McCarthy argued the call, as did Oakland manager Bob Melvin, who was eventually ejected. Afterward, McCarthy told reporters that instant replay should have been implemented "a while ago."
"The faster they can get it here, the better," McCarthy said.
Michael Young is on board with replay, too, as long as the umpires are OK with it and it doesn't slow down the pace of the game.
"If they do it in an efficient way so we're not sitting on the field for 20 minutes, then I think we're fine with it," Young said. "You just don't want to interrupt the flow of the game."
Texas manager Ron Washington, on the other hand, is opposed to using instant replay for anything more than home runs. He likes the human element of baseball, and sees no reason to change it and slow the pace of the game even more.
"We ain't got time to be stopping the ballgame to check everything that somebody wants to discuss or dispute," Washington said. "I can see you disputing a home run because that's a run."
When told that the missed call on Thursday led to a run, Washington replied: "You go out and argue like Bob Melvin did and see if you win it. That's a different type of run.... The person that had the best view of that bunt is the person that made the call." -- Drew Davison