08/18/11 8:30 PM ET
Torre: Ump misunderstood ground rules on HR
KC's Butler wrongly credited with decisive dinger vs. Yanks
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
"I don't have any reaction to it," he said. "Joe Torre said what he said."
As far as Torre's ruling, Butler was just as quiet as his manager.
"I've got no comment on it," Butler said. "It's a big part of the game, we won by one run."
Torre said that Steve Palermo, an umpires supervisor who was in attendance at Kauffman Stadium, took the crew out to the left-field fence well after the game and pointed out the discrepancy between the ground rule and what was called."He had to take them out there and explain what actually is a home run," said Torre, who was hired for his current job this past March after retiring as manager of the Dodgers last year. "The universal ground rule is 'out of the ballpark.' It has to disappear, basically. Dana feels very badly about it. He's usually very astute and usually knows the ground rules." Torre added that though the Yankees didn't officially protest the game, he interjected himself into the situation because, "I knew there was going to be a lot of questions." The Yankees lead the Red Sox by a half-game in the American League East, and the loss could have serious playoff implications. Both teams seem destined to go to the postseason, but which one wins the division and which one is the Wild Card will determine home-field advantage and first-round matchups. "This was very unusual, and I certainly have empathy with Joe," Torre said about Girardi, the man who replaced him as Yankees manager after the 2007 season. "This umpire has worked three years in this ballpark [since it was refurbished] and was under the assumption that that was a home run because the fence is behind the padding and out of the ballpark. This was the basic misunderstanding. I don't think it was as much a blatant miscall as it was a misunderstood ground rule."
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. Adam Holt, an associate reporter for MLB.com, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.