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John Farrell explains why Red Sox still plan to file protest over Matt Holliday slide

John Tomase
July 16, 2017 - 12:55 pm

Matt Holliday's strange slide back into first on a double-play grounder didn't cost the Red Sox Saturday's 16-inning marathon against the Yankees, but manager John Farrell wants to make sure it doesn't happen again, which is why the team plans to follow through on its plan to protest the loss.

Farrell argued that Holliday should've been called out for interference after obstructing a relay from short in the 11th inning of the 4-1 loss. The throw hit Jacoby Ellsbury, who was ruled safe at first, a decision upheld on appeal.

"The next step for us is to file a formal protest, which we will follow through on," Farrell said before Sunday's opener against the Yankees. "Here’s the thing. I still firmly believe there was interference on the play. If it goes unaddressed or goes without any kind of further attention brought to it, who’s to say he can’t instruct runners to do the same going forward? Clearly, I believe it’s Rule 6.01, that is interference. By the letter of that rule, that play yesterday was clearly interference."

Farrell said that Holliday made a similar play against the Brewers earlier in his career. He was asked what first baseman Mitch Moreland could've done.

"If there was no interference, he’d have had access to the bag," Farrell said. "He was taken out of it by the returning runner, the retreating runner. There’s different components to the rule. Interference has got to be, if the runner is advancing, that takes away the interference.  But this is a retreating runner that gets in the way of a player that is trying to complete the back end of a double play. There were a number of things in here that you have to factor in. Again, interference."

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