Ron Washington wants extended replay
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Sunday that he would be in favor of some sort of expanded instant replay in the World Series, but not in the regular season.
"Maybe that's what they need to get it right in the World Series," Washington said. "You want everything to be right, that's all. I don't want to be having everything replayed (in the regular season). It could be imposed in the World Series because of the magnitude of the game."
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The opinion comes less than 24 hours after umpire Ron Kulpa ruled that Matt Holliday was safe in the fourth inning of Saturday's Game 3 on what should have been a double play. Replays clearly showed Holliday was out. Kulpa told Washington that he felt Holliday reached the bag before the tag was applied. Washington did not ask Kulpa to ask for help from the other umpires because he didn't believe Kulpa was likely to solicit that help on that type of play. Kulpa said after the game that he wouldn't have gotten any kind of help on the play.
"That's his call, and I argued the fact that he missed the call," Washington said. "The only way you can get help there is if baseball changes its rules."
In the past, Washington has not been in favor of replay. But the call in Game 3 helped the Cardinals get going. They ended up scoring four runs in the fourth, though two of those were on an errant throw by first baseman Mike Napoli, and eventually won 16-7 to take a 2-1 series lead.
"Once I said what I had to say and I'm leaving the field, I'm in damage control mode now," Washington said. "Just minimize the damage. Just get off the field. If we would have made the plays, they may have scored one or two, but it would have been 3-0, not 5-0."
The NFL reviews all scoring plays. The NBA, NHL and Grand Slam tennis use replay. As it stands, MLB only uses replay to check on potential home runs. Next season, it's expected replay will be extended to fair-or-foul calls and trapped balls.
MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre called a news conference Sunday to defend Kulpa, who was born in St. Louis and grew up as a Cardinals fan. Torre objected to a question the previous night from a pool reporter provided by The Associated Press, who started a question with: "You being from St. Louis."
Kulpa cut off the question, responding, "Has nothing to do with it."
Torre took a while, too, to talk about replay. Mainly, about why baseball doesn't use it more often.
"I don't want people to think we're stubborn about this," he said.
Meanwhile, the Rangers made a change at first base for Game 4 of the World Series. But Washington said Mitch Moreland getting the start at first Sunday had nothing to do with what happened in Game 3. Napoli was back at catcher.
Moreland mad his first appearance in the World Series. Washington says Moreland was told a couple of days ago that he'd be playing Game 4.
Napoli has been primarily the catcher for the Rangers the second half of the regular season and the playoffs.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.