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Replayed Homer Calls

On August 28, 2008, Major League Baseball instituted an instant replay system in games to help decide some home runs calls. There are only three situations in which the replay can be used: (1) Was the potential homer fair or foul? (2) Did a fan interfere with a potential homer? (3) Did a potential homer go over the fence?

It is up to the crew chief to decide whether or not to use the replay system. A team cannot request or demand that it be used. Once the replay has been viewed and the umpires make their decision, no appeals are allowed and teams are not allowed to argue the call.

This system was put in place because of a series of calls in a 10-day period earlier that season which drew a lot of attention.

There was a use of a homer replay in 1999 before they were authorized. Details

Prior Year Instances:

2016 (26 times, 7 changed, 19 upheld)

04/04 TOR @ TBA
In the top of the third, Josh Thole's fly to RF was caught by a fan who appeared to reach over the top of the fence and the play was ruled fan interference. Acting crew chief Mike Everett requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

04/12 BAL @ BOS
In the top of the fourth inning, J.J. Hardy's fly to RF bounced on the top of the wall just beyond the RF pole and caromed into the seats. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which upheld the call.

04/14 SFN @ COL
In the top of the eighth inning, Brandon Belt's fly to left-center struck a chair in the seating area and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play but crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review. The call was overturned by replay to a home run.

04/19 TOR @ BAL
In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Wieters' fly to RF was touched by a fan at the railing above the scoreboard. Crew chief Tom Hallion requested a review, which upheld the call of a home run.

04/20 NYN @ PHI
In the top of the second inning, Asdrubal Cabrera's fly to RF was touched by a fan at the top of the wall and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review, which overturned the call to fan interference and a ground-rule double.

04/25 SLN @ ARI
In the top of the sixth, Jeremy Hazelbaker's fly to LF was caught by a fan in the first row and ruled a home run. Crew chief Tom Hallion requested a review which upheld the call by replay.

04/27 ATL @ BOS
In the bottom of the fourth inning, David Ortiz's fly to CF was ruled in play when it struck the top of the lower CF wall. Crew chief Joe West requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

04/27 HOU @ SEA
In the bottom of the fifth, Seth Smith's fly to RF was ruled foul. Crew chief Brian Gorman requested a review, which upheld the upheld the call by replay.

04/30 NYA @ BOS
In the bottom of the seventh, Brock Holt's fly down the RF line over the pole was ruled foul. Acting crew chief Dan Iassogna requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

05/01 COL @ ARI
In the bottom of the first inning, Brandon Drury's fly to LF was caught by a fan in the front row. Acting crew chief Paul Emmel requested a review, which upheld the call of home run.

05/01 DET @ MIN
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Joe Mauer's fly to LF struck near the top of the wall and was ruled in play. Crew chief Brian Gorman requested a review, which upheld the call.

05/01 WAS @ SLN
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Brandon Moss' fly to CF struck a railing above the fence and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

05/03 ATL @ NYN
In the top of the fifth, Mallex Smith's fly to LF was ruled off the wall and in play. Smith reached 3B on the play. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

05/03 MIN @ HOU
In the bottom of the third, Jason Castro's fly to LF was touched by a fan in the front row and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Jerry Layne requested a review, which upheld the call.

05/03 SFN @ CIN
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Adam Duvall's fly to CF was touched by a fan in the front row. The ball was ruled a homer but crew chief Jim Joyce requested a review for fan interference. The call was upheld by replay.

05/06 WAS @ CHN
In the bottom of the third, Anthony Rizzo's fly to RF curled around the pole. Crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review, which upheld the call of home run.

05/07 MIL @ CIN
In the bottom of the third inning, Brandon Phillips' fly to LF bounced on the top of the wall and into the seats. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom requested a review to check for possible fan interference. The call of home run was upheld by replay.

05/07 SEA @ HOU
In the top of the second. Kyle Seager's fly to RF struck the pole and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review to verify that the ball was above the top of the wall. The call was upheld by replay.

05/09 DET @ WAS
In the bottom of the ninth, Clint Robinson's fly to RF was touched by a fan in the front row and the ball landed on the field. The play was ruled a home run but crew chief Bill Miller requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/09 MIL @ MIA
In the bottom of the second inning, J.T. Realmuto's fly to CF just cleared the fence. Marcell Ozuna returned to 1B in case the ball was caught as Realmuto rounded the 1B bag. No call was made on the play and Realmuto continued around the bases behind Ozuna, Crew chief Brian Gorman requested a review, which overturned the call to a passing runner. Realmuto was called out and Ozuna scored.

05/09 PIT @ CIN
In the bottom of the seventh, Tucker Barnhart's fly to LF was touched by a fan in the front row. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review, which upheld the call of home run.

05/11 BAL @ MIN
In the top of the sixth, Chris Davis' fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Greg Gibson requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

05/14 CIN @ PHI
In the bottom of the seventh, Odubel Herrera's fly to RF was touched by a fan at the top of the railing and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review, which upheld the call.

05/14 MIA @ WAS
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Wilson Ramos' fly to LF was touched by a fan who reached over the railing but not over the barrier fence., The ball was ruled a home run but acting crew chief Alfonso Marquez requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/18 MIN @ DET
In the top of the eighth inning, Brian Dozier's fly to LF was ruled foul but crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/20 BAL @ ANA
In the bottom of the first, Kole Calhoun's fly to RF was touched by a fan who reached over the wall. The ball caromed back onto the field and was ruled in play with Calhoun reaching 2B. Crew chief Dale Scott requested a review, which overturned the call to fan interference. Calhoun was awarded 2B.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            118     33        85
Fan Interference     104     19        85    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       370    131       239
One call reversed due to a runner being passed on the bases.

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           11      1        10
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           4      1         3
Gary Cederstrom       36     14        22    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            2      0         2
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      20      5        15
Kerwin Danley          1      1         0
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           34     15        19
Dana DeMuth           29     11        18
Laz Diaz               1      0         1
Paul Emmel             4      1         3
Mike Everitt           5      3         2
Greg Gibson            7      3         4
Brian Gorman          28     10        18
Tom Hallion           23      7        16
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       23      4        19
Sam Holbrook           1      0         1
Dan Iassogna           1      0         1
Jim Joyce             12      2        10
Jeff Kellogg          28      8        20
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           25      6        19
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        2      0         2
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals           13      4         9
Bill Miller           10      1         9
Paul Nauert            2      0         2
Jeff Nelson           17      5        12
Brian O'Nora           6      3         3
Ed Rapuano             2      2         0
Rick Reed              2      1         1
Mike Reilly            3      2         1
Charlie Reliford       1      0         1
Jim Reynolds           4      1         3
Dale Scott            33     16        17
Tim Tschida           20      6        14
Larry Vanover         11      2         9
Mark Wegner            2      1         1
Tim Welke             30      8        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     1      0         1
Joe West              34      9        25
Mike Winters          31      7        24

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 23      5        18
Arlington: Rangers Ballpark            14      5         9
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Baltimore: Camden Yards                27     10        17
Boston: Fenway Park                    39     10        29
Chicago: U.S. Cellular Field           12      2        10
Chicago: Wrigley Field                 11      7         4
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    29      7        22
Cleveland: Progressive Field           22      5        17
Denver: Coors Field                    14      4        10
Detroit: Comerica Park                 24     12        12
Houston: Minute Maid Park              31      8        23
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          18      3        15
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium             5      0         5
Miami: Sun Life Stadium                 6      3         3
Miami: Marlins Park                    10      6         4
Milwaukee: Miller Park                 13      8         5
Minneapolis: Metrodome                  1      0         1
Minneapolis: Target Field              26      7        19
New York: Citi Field                   30     16        14
New York: Yankee Stadium II            18      5        13
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    11      2         9
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       25     11        14
Phoenix: Chase Field                   21      3        18
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   26      7        19
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           13      5         8
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       28      8        20    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                  11      4         7
San Francisco: AT&T Park               17      5        12
Seattle: Safeco Field                  19      4        15
Toronto: Rogers Centre                 10      2         8
Washington: Nationals Park             20      3        17

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