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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 (9 times, 3 changed, 6 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.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            115     33        82
Fan Interference      97     19        78    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       365    129       236

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           11      1        10
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           4      1         3
Gary Cederstrom       34     13        21    (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             3      1         2
Mike Everitt           5      3         2
Greg Gibson            6      3         3
Brian Gorman          26      9        17
Tom Hallion           23      7        16
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       21      4        17
Sam Holbrook           1      0         1
Dan Iassogna           1      0         1
Jim Joyce             11      2         9
Jeff Kellogg          27      8        19
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           24      6        18
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        1      0         1
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals           13      4         9
Bill Miller            9      1         8
Paul Nauert            2      0         2
Jeff Nelson           14      4        10
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            32     15        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                 22      4        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                 10      7         3
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    27      7        20
Cleveland: Progressive Field           22      5        17
Denver: Coors Field                    14      4        10
Detroit: Comerica Park                 23     12        11
Houston: Minute Maid Park              29      8        21
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              24      7        17
New York: Citi Field                   29     15        14
New York: Yankee Stadium II            18      5        13
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    11      2         9
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       24     11        13
Phoenix: Chase Field                   20      3        17
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   26      7        19
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           12      4         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             19      3        16

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