A's release statement, drop protest of loss to Angels

A's release statement, drop protest of loss to Angels
August 29, 2014, 12:00 pm
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The Angels won the game in the 10th inning after Bob Melvin filed a protest during a controversial ninth. (USATSI)

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The A's announced in a press release that they are dropping their protest of Thursday night's extra innings loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

They protested a ninth-inning call by home plate umpire Greg Gibson, who ruled obstruction on first baseman Brandon Moss and awarded first base to Angels hitter Erick Aybar after his infield chopper in which he collided with pitcher Dan Otero.

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The play didn't directly lead to an Angels run, but manager Bob Melvin was adamant that the obstruction rule was mis-applied, and A's players contended that the play changed the way they strategically handled the rest of the inning, and that the protest should be upheld.  But crew chief Gerry Davis said after the game that it was a judgment call by Gibson, plain and simple, and that alone seemed to damage the A's chances of winning a protest. Rule 4.19 in the major league rule book says a protest will not be recognized on a judgment call.

"After further consideration, as well as conversations with the commissioner's office, the A's have decided to drop the protest from last night's game," the statement read. "We have determined that, as stated after the game by the crew chief, Gerry Davis, the call in question was a judgment call and not worthy of pursuing further."


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