Reds manager Bryan Price issued a challenge after the Braves' B.J. Upton was called safe on Johnny Cueto's pickoff attempt in the first inning Sunday in Atlanta.
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ATLANTA — Bryan Price didn’t like what he saw. Even after replay confirmed it, the Reds manager still didn’t like what he saw.
Price stood near the third baseline after a replay kept the Braves’ B.J. Upton at first base following Johnny Cueto’s pickoff attempt in the bottom of the first inning Sunday at Turner Field, and in a testament to how much the expanded replay has changed the manager/umpire argument, waited until being told he was ejected before going out to discuss with second base umpire Bill Miller.
Price requested the replay after Cueto’s throw to first baseman Joey Votto beat Upton back to the bag, but first base umpire Greg Gibson deemed Votto’s tag wasn’t in time.
Replay officials in New York needed 1 minute, 56 seconds to rule the call stood, then Price came out of the Reds dugout with his arms outstretched. He stood near the baseline mouthing "It’s right there," as he pointed to the Turner Field jumbotron.
Miller held his arms up, motioning for Price to stay back and shaking his head, but once the Reds manager crossed the chalk line, Miller signaled for the ejection.
Ejections are down in 2014, with Price becoming just the fourth and the third stemming from reviewable plays. The Red Sox’s John Farrell (April 13) and Rangers’ Ron Washington (April 14), were tossed for arguing after plays were overturned after replay.
The Cubs’ Rick Renteria was also ejected on April 8 while disputing balls and strikes.