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Safe ruling doesn't sway Cox on instant replay

Safe ruling doesn't sway Cox on instant replay

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Second-base umpire Paul Emmel's decision to rule Buster Posey safe on a fourth-inning stolen-base attempt influenced the 1-0 loss the Braves suffered to the Giants in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night.

But when Braves manager Bobby Cox returned to AT&T Park on Friday for Game 2, he hadn't altered his view and determined that Major League Baseball needs to expand its instant replay system, which is currently used only to review disputable home run calls.

"You know, I'm talking to more and more people that say, 'We should have some type of review on plays,'" Cox said. "I'm not so sure it's a good idea, to be honest with you. I know it cost us last night, but -- and I would have to see the system."

Cox is among those who fear that expanding the current replay rules would adversely affect the pace of games and cause them to last too long.

"With technology the way it is now, I think if you could do it as quick as you could possibly do it, that would be nice," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "But to hold up a pitcher, to take five minutes on a call, I don't think that would be good. But if you could get it quick, everybody would like the right call being made."

Television replays showed that Brooks Conrad tagged Posey before the Giants catcher slid into second base. Because Conrad didn't react, Cox said he may not have even disputed the play if an expanded replay system was in place.

"We could not tell from the dugout," Cox said. "The players could not tell if he was safe or out. And we didn't have any emotion from our infielders that, 'Hey, the guy was out!' So, you know, if they have instant replay where you get a challenge or whatever you want to call it, I'm not sure I would have done it, unless somebody is running down from upstairs that had seen it on TV."

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