Padsin05 wrote:There was no double switch used...
a) Cito doesnt know about double switches or how to do them
This is ridiculous.
A Major League headcoach and a Major League benchcoach doesnt know how to do double switch? You gotta be kiddin me.
If you're an aggrieved owner of Jason Frasor(notes) who's wondering why, exactly, Jeremy Accardo(notes) picked up a save last Thursday in Philadelphia, Jays manager Cito Gaston has an explanation for you:
"I screwed it up."
Specifically, Gaston screwed up the double switch protocol.
In case you haven't read the details already, we'll recap. Toronto held a one-run lead over the Phillies in the eighth inning. There were two outs, a runner was on second base, and the Jays had the pitcher's spot due up in the ninth. Gaston's intention was to bring catcher Rod Barajas(notes) into the game, replacing Raul Chavez(notes), while also bringing in Frasor to relieve Brandon League(notes). That would have allowed Barajas to lead off the next inning while keeping Frasor on the mound.
But Gaston failed to share his plan with the proper authorities. This from MLB.com's Jordan Bastian:
Where Gaston messed up was in walking straight to the mound and not consulting with the home-plate umpire.
"I thought about it," Gaston said, "and then after I went to the mound, then you couldn't [double switch]. You have to approach the umpire first before you do that and I went to the mound."
... Once there, he turned back to the dugout and made a hand motion toward the dugout, pounding his fist in an open hand -- signaling for the catcher. Someone in the dugout alerted him that the double switch had to be called off, though.
seems i was right