OAKLAND -- The Angels received word on Monday that the league had denied their formal protest stemming from a play in Friday's loss to the White Sox, but that didn't mean that manager Mike Scioscia had changed his position on the issue.
Scioscia reiterated before Monday's game against the Athletics that he felt strongly that Paul Konerko was in the throwing lane of catcher Chris Iannetta when he tried to throw Konerko out at first base after a bases-loaded grounder. Thus, Scioscia thinks Konerko should've been called for interference.
Iannetta's throw pulled first baseman Albert Pujols off the bag, Konerko was ruled safe and the Angels went on to lose 8-6, a result upheld by MLB's Monday ruling. The umpires believed that the fact that Iannetta's throw was wild meant the positioning of Konerko was irrelevant. Executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre emphasized that in his decision, according to Scioscia.
"The league gave weight to the fact of still having the judgment of umpires be part of the play," Scioscia said. "I see some of the things they're saying, but I also feel strongly in the stances we took on it."
In explaining his stance, the Los Angeles skipper made the analogy of a driver veering off the road and crashing his car due to a trashcan being in the middle of the road -- the insurance company may not cover the damage, but it's not the fault of the driver that the trashcan was there.
"In my opinion, there's no way from a fixed point at home plate to first base, and a lane that a catcher has to throw a ball, that a runner who is a solid three feet inside the line on the grass can possibly not impair the ability of a catcher to make that throw," Scioscia said. "It's just physically impossible to say that it does not impair that.
"But, still, the judgment of the umpire's the second part of that equation, and we'll obviously live with it."