LOS ANGELES -- Input from players, manager Bruce Bochy observed Saturday, can facilitate the new replay process by prompting the decision to initiate or avoid a challenge.
The sight of a player insisting that a call should be changed -- and who is truthful about it -- will strengthen Bochy's resolve. It also will prompt assistant coach Shawon Dunston, who examines each play, to study the video even more closely for clues.
"I need help at the start of the process to get me out there and buy time," Bochy said.
Bochy noted he must be careful that he doesn't approach umpires on behalf of some players more than others. It's essential, he said, that all players know that he'll support them.
"They need to know, though, that you're relying on them," Bochy said.
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