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Back in May, animated A's manager Bob Melvin lit up umpires in Cleveland who ruled an Adam Rosales homer wasn't actually a homer, one that would have tied the game in the ninth inning. The A's went on to lose 4-3.
It clearly looked like a home run at Progressive Field, and the next day Major League Baseball recognized crew chief Angel Hernandez's decision to uphold the call on the field was wrong, and issued a statement:
“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief. In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night’s crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field. It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final."
Tuesday night at the Coliseum, a much calmer Bob Melvin praised umpires for reviewing Chris Young's shot in the bottom of the ninth inning which, if fair, would have been a game winner. It was called foul initially, and after review: still no homer. Or was it?
Nobody knows how that May game in Cleveland would have ended if Rosales' shot was upheld, but in the end, it's two losses for the A's by a matter if inches as they fight with Texas for the AL West crown.