Before instant replay, Ned Yost would have been a bad umpire.
“What’s funny, before instant replay, I couldn’t tell,” Yost said. “I couldn’t tell if guys were safe or out at second. I couldn’t tell if they were safe or out first. But since replay has been around, I can see much clearer now. I guess because I know I have that backup. I can 85 percent of the time tell if we’re going to challenge that play or not.”
When it came to Friday’s replay challenges in a Game 2 victory over the Astros, Yost was certain Alcides Escobar was safe on his third inning bunt that led to the Royals’ second run.
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Yost wasn’t sure about Wade Davis’ pickoff throw in the ninth that nabbed Carlos Gomez.
But Escobar and Hosmer were sure. After those plays, they looked in the dugout and Yost turned to bench coach Don Wakamatsu, who gets on the dugout phone to Royals instant-replay coordinator Bill Duplissea, who works with Royals video coordinator Mark Topping.
The Royals are on something of a replay roll. Their last five challenges, including the two on Friday, have resulted in overturned calls that favored them.