- Wallace Matthews, ESPNNewYork.com
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The Yankees do not expect Major League Baseball to take any disciplinary action against first baseman Mark Teixeira for comments he made about the umpires after a controversial loss in Baltimore Saturday night.
According to a baseball source, "The team believes that to fine him when the umpires blew the call and then refused to even acknowledge it would be a mistake."
Because of that, the source said, the Yankees believe MLB "will probably just leave it alone."
A spokesman for Major League Baseball said the situation was being reviewed by the league and that Joe Torre, the former Yankees manager who is now baseball’s Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, a position that includes overseeing the umpires, would have no comment until the review is complete.
Teixeira was called out at first base by umpire Jerry Meals in the ninth inning, completing an game-ending double play that preserved a 5-4 victory for the Orioles and pulled them into a first-place tie with the Yankees atop the AL East.
But replays appeared to show Teixiera, who went into the bag headfirst, slipping his hand in before the throw arrived. Had Teixeira been called safe, the tying run would have scored.
After the game, an angry Teixeira said, "Sometimes you wonder if the umpires are just trying to get out of there. They don't want you to make a comeback. They want to go home because those were terrible calls. It is what it is. We are out there fighting. I'm out there playing on one leg. I wish it had gone my way."
"I'm probably going to get fined, but I don't care, really. I'm out there fighting. We are out there fighting. When you are battling like we are battling and they can't get a call right, that pisses you off, it really does."
Meals did not make himself available for comment after the game, but crew chief Mike Winters, speaking on his behalf, refused to acknowledge that a mistake had been made. “The replay we had, honestly, was not a very good angle and inconclusive,” he said. “That was just a very, very close play. Until I see a definite replay, I really can’t give you any more than that.”
The controversy renewed the debate over expanding instant replay to include fair/foul calls along with disputed home runs. Last month, MLB installed two experimental replay systems, one at Yankee Stadium and one at Citi Field, for evaluation at the owners’ meetings in November. The Yankee Stadium system, which is radar-based, went into operation during the Yankees' last homestand and will be tested through the remainder of the season.