SAN DIEGO -- Manager Walt Weiss admitted that he didn't spend much time reviewing the game-ending hit by the Padres' Jesus Guzman on Friday night.
The ball appeared to be foul, but third-base umpire C.B. Bucknor ruled it fair, and the Rockies lost, 4-3. If the proposed plan for instant replay passes, if a similar play occurs next season, Weiss will have the ability to institute a challenge that would be determined by instant replay umpires in New York.
"I saw one [replay], but it wasn't a great angle," Weiss said on Saturday. "Right after the game, I went in and watched it. To be honest, it was tough to tell from the angle I saw. I don't know if there was a better angle available. I didn't care to look at it after that. After the game I wanted to go in and see what it looked like, but I didn't really research it after the fact."
Weiss has no problem using replay in such cases.
"I like the concept of getting it right," he said. "I think everybody does. Even the umpires have stated that. They want to get it right as much as anybody. I don't think it's going to disrupt the flow of the game.
"It's obviously early in the process. We haven't started doing it yet. Things will pop up that will be a little unforeseen once it gets implemented. The bottom line is, we have an opportunity to get it right. The umpires are only human. They're not going to get it right all the time. They probably still won't get it right all the time. Some of the replays will be inconclusive. But having the concept works."
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