MLB fines Boston’s Farrell for remarks about replay

Posted April 15, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
Last modified April 15, 2014, at 6:37 p.m.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has been fined by Major League Baseball for criticizing the new instant replay system being used this season, the New York Daily News reported.

Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations, told the Daily News on Monday that Farrell would be fined for his critical remarks.

Farrell’s comments included saying “it’s hard to have any faith in the (replay) system,” following instant replay decisions that went against the Red Sox in losses Saturday and Sunday to the New York Yankees.

On Saturday, a missed replay call was admitted by MLB. On Sunday, another call went against the Red Sox and Farrell believed it was incorrect as well, prompting his post-game comments.

“I’m not going to suspend him. It will be a fine,” Torre told the Daily News of Farrell. “I’m sorry about what he said. What I try to do in whatever I do in this job that the commissioner has imported me to do, is basically never forget what it’s like to be a player or a manager.

“Part of that never forgetting are the feelings, especially when you’re dealing with Red Sox-Yankees games. There is nothing that is insignificant about anything that happens in those games.

“This [replay system] is a three-year rollout. It’s probably going to take that long where you get it to where you want it to be. And the only way we’re going to find that out is to do what we’re doing. It’s not perfect.”

SOX NOTES: Closer Koji Uehara was expected to rejoin the team in Chicago Tuesday night after an MRI on his right shoulder on Monday showed that he had no structural damage. Uehara was unable to pitch in Boston’s four-game series in New York and is still considered day-to-day. … Right fielder Shane Victorino is moving closer to rejoining the team also. He has been rehabbing from a right hamstring strain and hasn’t play this season, but is expected to begin a minor league rehab stint this week.

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