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Braves' Drew Smyly: 'Embarrassing' for MLB to Not Overturn Controversial Phillies Run

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 12, 2021

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The Atlanta Braves ripped MLB umpiring and the league's replay system after a controversial call gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 win Sunday night.

Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm was called safe on the field after sliding into home on a Didi Gregorius sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, breaking a 6-6 tie. However, replay seemingly showed Bohm never touched home plate—his foot only got to the chalk of the batter's box—and should have been ruled out.

MLB's replay officials instead said they did not have definitive evidence to overturn the call on the field. 

"In real time, it's bang-bang," Braves starter Drew Smyly told reporters after the game. "We have five different angles on a national televised game, and it's clear that his foot didn't touch the plate. That it was on the chalk. For MLB not to overturn that, it's embarrassing. Why even have replay if you won't overturn that?"

Braves players weren't the only ones to rip MLB's replay system. Several players, including Mike Trout, expressed surprise at the call:

Angered by the call, Braves fans threw garbage onto the field in protest. While the Atlanta clubhouse was clearly frustrated, players also took time to say the fan reaction was unacceptable.

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"I love our city," shortstop Dansby Swanson said. "I love our fans. They're passionate. They care. But what happened after they announced that call is the most embarrassing part of the whole night.

"The throwing of things on the field, it's disrespectful to the people who put in so much work to have the field ready for us every day. ... It's an embarrassing representation of our city. The worst part of it is I don't think people realize we have families here. There are kids that are sitting in the front row, and you have bottles whizzing by their heads. Endangering kids that may not be able to protect themselves is downright embarrassing and shouldn't happen again."

The loss dropped the Braves to 4-5 on the season after they had previously won four straight. The Phillies currently lead a loaded NL East at 6-3.

Bohm said the fact that he was ultimately called safe was "all that matters."