Thumbs up or tip of cap regarding reviews
MIAMI — Instant replay has introduced strategically delayed protests from managers.
The Marlins, like all clubs, are still feeling their way around how best to approach a potential replay challenge. The first close call for Miami manager Mike Redmond came in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Rockies.
Marcell Ozuna chopped a grounder to the hole at short, and Troy Tulowitzki made a sensational play. Tulo threw across his body, and his arching toss to first had enough zip to get Ozuna in a bang-bang play.
Immediately, Redmond and the Marlins bench plotted how to protest. It was close enough to give a look. So Redmond walked slowly towards first base umpire Mike DiMuro.
As Redmond moved slowly, Pat Shine, the club’s Major League administrative coach, was reviewing the play from the video room. Bench coach Rob Leary was on the phone in the dugout, communicating with Shine. Hitting coach Frank Menechino positioned in view of Redmond to delay the signal.
“It’s all so new,” Redmond said. “I’m used to sprinting out there on the field. Now, I have to kind of pull myself back a little bit. The key is to give myself a little time to make sure we see it and we get the call right. I felt like, ‘Man, I need to get out there, but I don’t really need to get out there fast.’ It was fine. We got the call quick.
“I think they had it six or seven seconds when I was out there. I thought it was close enough to go out there and at least talk about it.”
What the Marlins saw was what everyone else watching on TV already knew, Ozuna was out.
“At the end, he got the call right,” Redmond said.
Asked what he told the umpire: “I just said, ‘Hey, you got it, I’m outta here!’ ”
The Marlins signs will be easy enough to pick up, and they are not being treated as a mystery. If the club feels the umps got it correct, they will flash a thumbs up. If they want to challenge, they will tip their cap.
Brian Bogusevic is remaining within the Marlins’ system. On Wednesday, the outfielder was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans. Bogusevic was the final cut, and since he was out of options, he was designated for assignment on Sunday. He could have sought an opportunity elsewhere, but instead opted to take the assignment, and he will join the Zephyrs.
Bogusevic was acquired from the Cubs for Justin Ruggiano in December.
While Bogusevic is staying, the Marlins lost the services of reliever Michael Brady.
Brady was removed from the 40-man roster on Sunday to make room for Kevin Slowey.
1) Yelich LF
2) Dietrich 2B
3) Stanton RF
4) Jones 1B
5) McGehee 3B
6) Saltalamacchia C
7) Ozuna CF
8) Hechavarria SS
9) Alvarez P
— Joe Frisaro