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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:

2014 (62 times, 15 changed, 47 upheld)

04/01 TOR @ TBA
In the top of the seventh inning, Colby Rasmus hit a fly ball down the RF line that was ruled foul. Crew chief Brian Gorman requested a look at replay to verify the call, which stood after a 3:34 delay.

04/03 SEA @ OAK
In the bottom of the twelfth, Coco Crisp hit a game-ending homer to right center. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth asked for a review of the home run. The call was confirmed as the ball struck just above the yellow stripe.

04/03 SLN @ CIN
In the top of the seventh inning, Matt Holliday hit a fly to right center. The ball struck the yellow stripe at the top of the padded wall. CF Billy Hamilton attempted to catch the ball and RF Jay Bruce made a diving catch when the ball caromed toward the field. The play was ruled no catch. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom asked for a review on the possible home run. The ruling on the field was confirmed as a ball in play and each runner advanced one base.

04/07 OAK @ MIN
In the top of the third, Jed Lowrie hit the 3-2 pitch down the RF line. It was ruled foul but crew chief Bill Miller requested a replay. The call was upheld.

04/09 MIA @ WAS
There were two reviews of home runs in this game. In the top of the second, Derek Dietrich hit a ball to the top of the scoreboard in right center. It was ruled in play and Dietrich reached 3B. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg asked for a review and the call was upheld. In the bottom of the fourth, Bryce Harper’s home run was ruled fair down the RF line. Kellogg again asked for a review to validate that the ball was fair. The call was upheld.

04/09 PIT @ CHN
In the top of the ninth inning, Russell Martin’s fly to left center hit the top of the wall above the basket and was ruled a homer. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which confirmed the call.

04/09 TEX @ BOS
In the bottom of the eighth, David Ortiz hit a ball down the RF line that was ruled a home run. Acting crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which confirmed the three-run, game-winning homer.

04/13 CLE @ CHA
In the bottom of the second, Dayan Viciedo hit a ball to right center that struck the fence about three feet below the yellow stripe and was ruled in play. White Sox manager Robin Ventura talked with crew chief Gerry Davis, who then requested a review. The call was confirmed by replay.

04/14 WAS @ MIA
In the top of the first inning, Jayson Werth’s fly ball struck the green stripe at the top of the wall in left field and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play. Nationals manager Matt Williams spoke with crew chief Joe West and West asked for a review. The call was confirmed by replay.

04/16 WAS @ MIA
In the top of the sixth inning, Jayson Werth’s fly to right center was touched by a fan above the top of the padded wall. It was ruled a home run but Marlins manager Mike Redmond talked to the umpires. Crew chief Joe West requested a review, which upheld the call.

04/18 ANA @ DET
In the top of the fourth inning, Howie Kendrick hit a fly to right center the struck the top of the wall and caromed off the metal railing back onto the field. It was ruled in play but crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review. The call was overturned to a home run by replay.

04/20 BAL @ BOS
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Dustin Pedroia’s fly ball was touched by a fan who reached out over the top of the LF wall. It was ruled a double. Red Sox manager John Farrell talked with crew chief Ted Barrett, who requested a review of the play. The call was upheld by replay.

04/21 HOU @ SEA
In the bottom of the seventh, Mike Zunino hit a ball down the LF line that was ruled foul. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon talked with the umpires. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review and the call was upheld by replay.

04/29 TOR @ KCA
In the top of the ninth inning, Dioner Navarro hit a fly ball down the RF in which was ruled foul. Acting crew chief Bob Davidson requested a review and the ruling was upheld by replay.

05/02 MIL @ CIN
In the bottom of the forth, Joey Votto hit a fly to LF. The ball struck the top of the wall in LF and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play. Crew chief Jerry Layne requested a review, which upheld the ruling.

05/02 OAK @ BOS
In the bottom of the sixth, Dustin Pedroia’s fly ball landed on the shelf above the LF wall behind the red stripe. It was ruled a home run but crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review which upheld the ruling.

05/09 MIA @ SDN
In the bottom of the third, Seth Smith hit a fly to RF. Giancarlo Stanton made a leaping attempt to catch the ball at the top of the wall. The glove struck the top of the wall and the ball caromed out onto the field. It was in play but crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review. The ruling was upheld by replay.

05/10 SLN @ PIT
In the top of the third inning, crew chief Brian Gorman requested a review of a fly ball hit by Matt Adams, which was ruled a foul ball. The call was upheld by replay.

05/12 TBA @ SEA
There were reviews on consecutive batters in the bottom of the first inning.

05/17 OAK @ CLE
In the top of the seventh, Josh Donaldson's fly ball struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play but the Athletics asked about the call. Crew chief Jerry Layne asked for a review, which upheld the call.

05/20 DET @ CLE
In the top of the fifth inning, Alex Avila's fly ball to center struck the railing on top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled a home run but crew chief Tim Welke requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/20 TOR @ BOS
In the bottom of the sixth, Jonny Gomes' fly ball struck the shelf on top of the left field wall and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play and the Blue Jays made a play on Mike Napoli at 3B. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons went onto the field to discuss the call on Napoli and Red Sox manager John Farrell went out to discuss the ruling on the fly ball. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom requested a review and the call was overturned to a home run by replay.

05/21 BAL @ PIT
In the bottom of the sixth, the fly ball by Andrew McCutchen struck the top of the padded wall in CF and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle asked about the call. Acting crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review and the call was upheld by replay.

05/22 SFN @ COL
In the top of the second inning, Pablo Sandoval hit the 0-1 pitch down the LF line. It was ruled fair and a home run but crew chief Bill Miller requested a review. The call was overturned to a foul ball.

05/23 HOU @ SEA In the bottom of the sixth, Mike Zunino's fly struck the top of the padded wall and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play but crew chief Tom Hallion requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/30 ANA @ OAK
In the bottom of the second, Josh Donaldson's fly ball struck the ledge above the out of town scoreboard in RF. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

06/01 TBA @ BOS
In the bottom of the eighth, Xander Bogaerts hit a fly ball down the LF line that was ruled foul, although over the wall. Crew chief Ted Barrett requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/04 MIL @ MIN
In the bottom of the fourth, Trevor Plouffe hit a long fly ball down the LF line that was ruled a foul ball. Acting crew chief Mark Wegner requested a review and the call was upheld by replay.

06/05 OAK @ NYA
In the bottom of the first inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a fly ball that struck the top of the padded wall in RF and caromed back onto the field’ It was ruled a home run but crew chief Tom Hallion requested a review, which overturned to a ball in play. The result was a double with the runner on first put on third.

06/08 OAK @ BAL
In the top of the third, John Jaso's fly ball to CF struck the top of the padded wall and caromed back onto the field. 1B umpire Gabe Morales ruled the ball in play while 2B umpire Larry Vanover ruled it a home run. Jaso was allowed to score by the umpires, completing a grand slam. Acting crew chief Vanover requested a review, which overturned to a ball in play. The result was two runs scored and runners at second and third.

06/09 OAK @ ANA
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Mike Trout's fly ball to right center was touched by a fan below the yellow line at the top of the wall. The play was ruled a home run. Acting crew chief Bob Davidson requested a review, which overturned to fan interference and a double. Angels manager Mike Scioscia argued with Davidson about the placement of Trout and was ejected by Davidson.

06/09 LAN @ CIN
In the bottom of the second inning, Zack Cozart hit the third pitch down the LF line. It flew just to the foul side of the pole and was ruled foul. Acting crew chief Jim Reynolds requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/14 MIN @ DET
In the bottom of the third inning, Victor Martinez hit a fly to RF that struck the railing on top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Jim Reynolds requested a review, which overturned to a home run.

06/14 TBA @ HOU
In the bottom of the third, Matt Dominguez hit a fly ball to left center that struck the wall just below the yellow line and was ruled in play. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/15 ARI @ LAN
In the bottom of the first inning, Hanley Ramirez hit a fly ball down the LF line that was higher than the pole. It was ruled a foul ball. Acting crew chief Bob Davidson requested a review and the call was upheld by replay.

06/16 ANA @ CLE
In the bottom of the first inning, Asdrubal Cabrera's fly ball struck the railing above the yellow line in left center. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Joe West requested a review and the call was upheld by replay.

06/17 BAL @ TBA
In the top of the third, Chris Davis hit a fly down the LF line. David DeJesus ran into the wall and Davis reached 2B. The ball was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Ron Kulpa requested a review, which overturned to a home run as the ball struck the pole. It was a grand slam.

06/17 MIN @ BOS
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Dustin Pedroia's fly ball to LF struck the wall just below the top. A fan reached out trying to catch the ball. Pedroia slipped rounding 1B and was out when he left the base line trying to avoid being tagged. Crew chief Tim Welke requested a review, which upheld the call of ball in play and no fan interference.

06/20 NYN @ MIA
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Garrett Jones hit a fly ball down the RF line that was ruled a home run. Acting crew chief Ron Kulpa requested a review, which overturned the ruling to a foul ball.

06/20 ATL @ WAS
In the bottom of the ninth, Anthony Rendon hit a fly ball to left center that was ruled in play. The ball struck a wall a few feet behind the outfield barrier and caromed back onto the field. Rendon reached 2B and Nate McLouth advanced from 1B to 3B. Crew chief Tim Welke requested a review, which overturned to a game-tying home run.

06/23 SDN @ SFN
In the top of the fourth, Yasmani Grandal's fly to right center was touched by a fan who leaned over the wall. The ball was ruled a home run but acting crew chief Brian O'Nora requested a review. The call was overturned to fan interference and a double and only one run on the play. Padres manager Bud Black came onto the field to argue the result and was ejected by O'Nora.

06/26 CHA @ TOR
In the bottom of the second inning, Jose Reyes hit a fly ball that struck the top of the wall in right center and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

07/01 TEX @ BAL
In the bottom of the first, Steve Pearce's fly down the LF line was a foot fair and just over the wall. The ball struck the webbing of Shin-Soo Choo's glove and then the LF pole. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review of his own call. The ruling was upheld by replay.

07/04 MIA @ SLN
In the bottom of the sixth, Matt Carpenter's fly ball struck the top of the wall in right center and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Tim Welke requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/05 PHI @ PIT
In the top of the fourth, Cody Asche's fly ball to RF was muffed by a fan in the first row and the ball landed on the field. Crew chief Dale Scott requested a review, which upheld the call of home run.

07/06 MIL @ CIN
In the bottom of the second inning, Ramon Santiago's fly to RF was touched by a fan who reached over the wall. Logan Schaefer stood there looking into the infield before finally throwing the ball in. Santiago ran the circuit and scored. Acting crew chief Jerry Meals huddled with the crew and then requested a review. The call was overturned to fan interference and Santiago was out.

07/06 TBA @ DET
In the top of the first, Matt Joyce's fly to right struck the railing above and behind the yellow stripe at the top of the padded wall. The ball was ruled in play and Joyce reached 3B. Acting crew chief Greg Gibson requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

07/08 SDN @ COL
In the top of the fifth, Yasmani Grandal's fly ball to RF was ruled foul past the pole. Acting crew chief Ron Kulpa requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/10 NYA @ CLE
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Roberto Perez hit a fly ball that caromed off the railing behind the wall back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review. The call was overturned the call to a home run. It was the first of Perez' career.

07/18 HOU @ CHA
In the top of the fifth, Jason Castro hit a fly down the RF line which was ruled foul. Acting crew chief Brian O'Nora requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/19 CLE @ DET
In the top of the first inning, Michael Brantley's fly struck the top of the padded wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Laz Diaz requested a review and the call was upheld by replay.

07/21 CLE @ MIN
In the bottom of the second, Chris Colabello's fly ball down the RF line was called a home run. Acting crew chief Brian O'Nora requested a review which overturned the call to a foul ball because the ball passed just to the right of the pole.

07/21 DET @ ARI
In the top of the seventh inning, Miguel Cabrera's fly ball to CF struck the metal fence just below the yellow stripe. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which upheld the call of ball in play and Cabrera out at 2B.

07/21 KCA @ CHA
In the bottom of the sixth, Tyler Flowers hit a fly ball high over the LF pole. The ball was ruled foul. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review which upheld the call.

07/25 LAN @ SFN
In the top of the first inning, Yasiel Puig's fly was touched by a fan near the top of the wall in left center and the ball rolled back onto the field. Puig reached 3B on the play. Acting crew chief Alfonso Marquez requested a review and the play was ruled fan interference. Puig was awarded 3B.

07/26 BOS @ TBA
In the top of the first, a fan caught David Ortiz' fly ball to RF in front of the yellow line. The play was ruled fan interference and Ortiz awarded 2B. Crew chief Bill Miller had the call reviewed, which was upheld by replay.

07/27 MIA @ HOU
In the bottom of the first, Jose Altuve's fly to LF struck above the yellow stripe and caromed onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run but acting crew chief Ron Kulpa requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

07/29 PIT @ SFN
In the bottom of the second, Michael Morse's fly ball to LF just cleared the top of the wall and struck a fan. That fan was reaching over the top of the wall but did not touch the ball. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which upheld the call of home run.

07/29 SEA @ CLE
There were two potential home runs reviewed in this game.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul             89     26        63
Fan Interference      65     12        53    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       295    107       188

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett            8      0         8
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           1      0         1
Gary Cederstrom       30     13        17    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            1      0         1
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      12      3         9
Kerwin Danley          1      1         0
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           24      9        15
Dana DeMuth           22      8        14
Laz Diaz               1      0         1
Paul Emmel             1      0         1
Mike Everitt           3      1         2
Greg Gibson            1      1         0
Brian Gorman          23      9        14
Tom Hallion           19      7        12
Angel Hernandez        3      1         2
John Hirschbeck       14      2        12
Sam Holbrook           1      0         1
Jim Joyce              6      2         4
Jeff Kellogg          22      6        16
Ron Kulpa              5      2         3
Jerry Layne           20      4        16
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        1      0         1
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals            5      2         3
Bill Miller            4      1         3
Jeff Nelson            7      2         5
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            29     14        15
Tim Tschida           20      6        14
Larry Vanover          5      2         4
Mark Wegner            1      0         1
Tim Welke             30      8        22
Joe West              28      8        20
Mike Winters          21      6        15

Ballpark Summary

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

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