Jays manager John Gibbons fired up after new regulation gives Rays win

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 5:29 AM

PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After a disputed beat Tuesday night, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is certainly number fan of baseball'south new regulation on breaking up double plays.

Jays manager John Gibbons fired up after new regulation gives Rays win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After a disputed beat Tuesday night, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is certainly number fan of baseball'south new regulation on breaking up double plays.

"Maybe we'll arrive out wearing dresses tomorrow," Gibbons said. "Maybe that'south what everybody'south looking for."

The recent modify took all of three days to undoubtedly swing the outcome of a game this season, giving Logan Forsythe and the Tampa Bay Rays a 3-2 triumph over Toronto that left Gibbons fuming.

On Wednesday, Gibbons said he was trying to inject some humor into a tense situation and had "number malicious intent" in his comment about dresses.

"I cannot realize how it'd offend anybody, to be honest with you," Gibbons said before the game with the Rays. "It doesn't offend my mother, my daughter, my wife, who have a grand understanding of life. I do think the world needs to lighten up a tiny bit.

"I know who I am,'' Gibbons said. "I know where my heart is. I indicate up every day and do the best work I can. Attempt to treat people the way I wish to be treated, and I think for the most portion I do that. But it amazes me in the world presently how ordinary things, you attempt to peaceful things down, and it gets thrown out of whack.''

Gibbons said after the game he hoped the fact that the play ended the game will cause Major League Baseball to get a closer see at the rule.

"That'south probably going to go down in history as the first one to finish the game, and hopefully they'll see at that," he said, according to the Toronto Star. "I guarantee they were scared to death that'd happen, and it happened."

With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder to third. After taking a toss from Evan Longoria for the force at second, Forsythe made an errant relay to first that appeared to authorize the go-ahead running to score for Toronto.

Rays manager Kevin Cash asked for a replay review, claiming Jose Bautista violated the new " Chase Utley Rule" governing slides on potential double plays.

"The rule'south keep in to defend players," Cash said, according to MLB. com. "You saw what happened latest year in the playoffs... You know what, it'south what it is. We're pleased we won, but I can realize the frustration on the other side. We all deal with that a small bit in this game, and particularly with the replay, what it'south brought out."

Replay umpires in NY ruled Bautista'south slide wasn't directly into the bag and it illegally hindered Forsythe. The call was changed to a game-ending double play that preserved Tampa Bay's victory.

"It turned the game into a joke," Gibbons said. "That'south flat embarrassing. That cost us a chance to win a major league game."

Blue Jays center fielder  Kevin Pillar used Twitter to applaud Gibbons for his comments and to get a shot at "safety" being an impetus for the regulation when the Jays are playing this week at Tropicana Field, a stadium that has a tiny warning track. Pillar crashed headfirst into the outfield wall on Monday when he made a diving capture in the Blue Jays' 5-3 victory.

The call was overturned after a delay of one minute, thirty seconds. An announcement in the press box explained that the replay umpire definitively determined the runner violated regulation 6.01 (j), that the runner'south actions hindered and impeded the fielder. It also was determined that Bautista didn't be engaged in in a bona fide slide, as he didn't attempt to stay on the base.

"I perceive love I respect the rule, that it was an absolutely spotless slide," Bautista said. "And it'south just disappointing to lose a Major League Baseball game, with so much at stake every day here. We keep a lot into the game since we were small kids and then to all of a sudden have everything taken far love that's just strange."

Major League Baseball recently changed the regulation on such slides, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by LA Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley that broke the leg of NY Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during latest year's playoffs.

"It might be the first game that was a 'W' because of the double-play regulation that'south in effect," Forsythe said. "It was wild."

"I felt something on the slide," the second baseman added. "When I first saw him coming in, I thought he was going over the bag, but then I didn't know if he kicked his ft out to attempt and capture a back foot. He kind of swung me around a little bit, the toss went a little left."

Umpire crew chief Mike Everitt said to a pool reporter that he was told to limit his comments to what replay executive sent him. It was the same information announced in the press box.

"That'south it," said Everitt, who declined to discuss the original call. "That'south what we got. It went to replay and that's what it is."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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