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Another manager speaks up about the 'regression' of instant replay

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Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia spoke out Monday about his overall concerns with the direction of instant replay this year. Then on Tuesday night, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus forcefully seconded that motion in the aftermath of a decision that served as a crossroads in Detroit's game against the Reds.

From Anthony Fenech's story, here's part of what Ausmus said:

"You have to choose one or the other, and we chose to challenge the call at the plate [and not whether the catcher was blocking the plate], and again, in my mind, instant replay has regressed this year. It's gone backwards. And I know I'm not the only one across baseball who feels that way. Very quickly in 2014, you kind of had an understanding of where that line was between sufficient and insufficient evidence. That line is blurry now. There were a number of calls this year that I think a year ago would have been overturned. I'm not sure I have a solution to it, but I think it's moving backwards."

Major league managers have mostly bottled up their feelings about instant replay, adhering to the requests from Major League Baseball to be supportive of what is generally a new venture. But the frustration is growing, and what we are seeing now is managers ignoring the possibility of a fine -- the near certainty of a fine -- to raise awareness of what they see as a problem