VIDEO: Blue Jays-A's game under protest following overturned call
The Athletics filed an official protest after a call was overturned during Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays.
It took half a season, but a game is finally being played under protest after a call was overturned by the new replay system.
Let's set the scene: the Blue Jays had the bases loaded with one out against the Athletics. Anthony Gose hit a ground ball to first baseman Nate Freiman, who tagged the runner going by and fired home for the force out. The first base ump said Freiman did not tag the runner, so the force at home was still in play.
Toronto manager John Gibbson challenged the tag call -- he wanted the tag out called on the runner, so the force at home would not be play and the runner allowed to score -- and it was overturned after video clearly showed the tag being applied. Got it? Good. Here's the video:
Melvin filed an official protest, meaning the league will review the play and determine if the rules were applied incorrectly. His argument is that the first base ump signaled no tag, so his catcher never bothered to apply the tag because he assumed the force was still in play.
A protest has not been upheld since 1986, when the league ruled the umpire crew prematurely called a game due to rain. Before that it was the George Brett pine tar game in 1983.
Based on history and the fact that the tag was clearly applied, I have a hard time thinking Melvin's protest will be successful. But hey, it's worth a shot.