ARLINGTON, Texas -- The disputed home run call that was ruled a double raised all sorts of questions after the Rangers-Orioles game on Wednesday night.
1. Why didn't Ron Washington ask for a replay of the home run call?
Washington said he should have asked for a replay after second-base umpire Doug Eddings ruled Josh Hamilton's hit a double.
"It's an option that I have," Washington said. "But when he certainly told me white [ball with] background green. And he was certain about that. I didn't ask him to review it."
But even if he did, crew chief Dana DeMuth said the manager would have been denied the opportunity. Eddings ruled Hamilton's fourth-inning hit, which would have tied the score 2-2 if it were correctly called a home run, a double.
It sent Washington running out onto the field, but after a discussion he walked back to the dugout without a favorable ruling.
"I talked to Doug about what Wash asked, and Wash asked Doug if it hit the top of the wall and Doug told him yes," DeMuth said to a pool reporter. "Wash didn't ask to get any help. [Washington] can ask all he wants but [a review] is up to the crew chief. I have to have trust in my crew chief. I have to have trust in my crew, and my crew member was 100 percent sure of that call."
Why didn't Washington play the game under protest?
Washington said the only way he could have played the game under protest was to tell Eddings and or DeMuth in the fourth inning as he was arguing the call. Washington said he didn't know if the ball was a home run until after the inning, when several players saw a replay in the dugout. At that time, it was too late to play the game under protest.
How soon did the umpires realize they missed the call?
DeMuth and the rest of umpiring crew figured they missed the call as the game went along. Several Orioles players told the crew the ball was a home run.
"There's nobody on the field that could tell," DeMuth said of his fellow umpires. "Nobody came running to me. A couple of innings later there were a few players, even Baltimore players, that said it was a home run. We had the opportunity to go in and look and I did not do it. It's bad judgment by me but I have to trust in the crew."