Red Sox Manager John Farrell Fined For Criticizing MLB Instant Replay


John FarrellBoston Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Wednesday that he has been fined by Major League Baseball for last weekend’s blowup in New York.

Farrell was ejected in the fourth inning of Sunday’s loss to the New York Yankees for arguing a call that was overturned by the umpires following a review. Farrell, who questioned the new MLB replay system after the game, said Wednesday the incident earned him a fine in excess of $1,000.

“I will be writing a check,” Farrell told reporters Wednesday in Chicago.

Farrell grew upset Sunday after Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s challenge of a bang-bang play at first base resulted in the play being overturned and a run scoring for New York. The situation came just one day after the umpires admitted to botching a call at second base during Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees game, so it was clear Farrell had reached his boiling point.

“It was clear the replay was inconclusive,” Farrell told reporters after Sunday’s game. “On the heels of yesterday, this is a tough pill to swallow. It’s hard to have much faith in the system right now.”

Farrell’s fine reportedly will go directly to Baseball Assistance Team, a non-profit organization whose stated goal is to “help members of the baseball family who have come on hard times and are in need of assistance.”

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