The Atlanta Braves announced on Friday that they have added Buddy Carlyle as a coaching assistant.
Per the release, Carlyle will be in uniform for all pregame work-outs and will assist in scouting preparations. His main job however will be to manage the Braves' instant replay protocol from an off-field location during all games.
The Braves recently vowed to look at their replay process after a call went unchallenged in a 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Freddie Freeman was called out on a close play at second although replay showed that he might have beaten the throw.
Gonzalez and the Braves elected not to challenge after a conversation with video coordinator Rob Smith.
Gonzalez had called the Braves video coordinator, Rob Smith, who quickly watched a replay in the clubhouse to let the manager know if he should challenge the call. “We talked it through with our people and they said, no, don’t challenge,” Gonzalez said afterward. “Freeman came off the base saying he was out; even he couldn’t tell. For players (involved in a play) it’s hard to tell. In retrospect, coming in here and watching the video, we should have challenged.”
Now Carlyle will be designated to assist the coaching staff with those type of decisions.
Carlyle pitched in 83 games for the Braves from 2007-2009. He spent the last two seasons pitching for the New York Mets.