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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:

2018 (18 times, 5 changed, 13 upheld)

3/30 HOU @ TEX
Shin-Soo Choo's fly to left hit the top of the wall and bounced back into the field for a double. Crew chief Jerry Meals asked for a replay review, which confirmed the call.

4/1 PIT @ DET, Game 2

4/3 CLE @ ANA
Rene Rivera's drive to right in the bottom of the eighth hit the scoreboard well above the yellow line, which is a lower "fence" for a homer in Anaheim this year, and bounced back into the field. It was ruled in play for a double, but the review requested by crew chief Mark Wegner overturned the call to a home run.

4/4 MIN @ PIT
IN the top of the fourth, Miguel Sano's fly to right hit above the scoreboard and below the yellow line and bounced back into the field for a double. The replay ordered by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth confirmed the call.

4/5 NYN @ WAS
Michael Conforto's fly in the top of the fifth just cleared the wall into the flower bed and bounced back into the field. It was ruled in play for a double, but the review requested by crew chief Joe West overturned the call to a home run.

4/7 MIA @ PHI
In the bottom of the fourth, Maikel Franco's fly to left center hit the top of the wall and bounced against a short fence back into play for a double. The replay review ordered by crew chief Kerwin Danley confirmed the call.

4/9 SDN @ COL
In the bottom of the sixth, Carlos Gonzalez's fly to left landed in Corry Spangenberg's glove, but he was unable to hold onto the ball, which dropped into the stands, as his glove hit the top of the wall. However, a fan whose hands were on the yellow line at the top of the fence, but not over the fence into the field of play, may have touched the glove and caused the dropped ball. It was ruled a homer, and the call was upheld after the review ordered by crew chief Brian Gorman. Padres manager Andy Green came out to argue about the call and was immediately ejected as that is not allowed.

4/9 HOU @ MIN
In the bottom of the ninth, Byron Buxton hit a fly down the left line that would have tied the game if fair, but it curved foul. That ruling was confirmed by the review requested by crew chief Alfonso Marquez.

4/11 MIL @ SLN
In the bottom of the ninth, Tommy Pham's drive to left hit the screen just above the wall and bounced back into the field for a double. After the review asked for by crew chief Bill Welke, the ruling was overturned to a home run.

4/11 CIN @ PHI
Scooter Gennett's fly to left in the top of the ninth hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play for a double. That call was confirmed by the replay review requested by crew chief Jerry Meals.

4/14 ARI @ LAD
In the top of the fourth with runners on first and third, Deven Marrero hit a fly to left center that just cleared the wall. Alex Avila, the runner on first started back to the bag to tag up and Marrero briefly passed behind and ahead of him. The play was first ruled to be a three-run homer, but the replay ordered by crew chief Brian Gorman overturned to a two-run single.

4/17 CLE @ MIN, played in San Juan, Puerto Rico
In the top of the eighth, Yonder Alonso's high fly down the right field line went over the pole, which does not extend as high as in a major league park. It was ruled a home run, and after the review requested by crew chief Gary Cederstrom, the call stood. As a note, the replay review was not done in New York but locally by a fifth umpire.

4/18 TEX @ TBA
Renato Nunez's fly to right in the top of the fifth was caught by a fan who reached over the top of the fence. It was ruled a double, which was upheld after the replay review about possible fan interference requested by crew chief Alfonso Marquez.

4/20 BOS @ OAK
Chad Pinder hit a fly down the right field line in the bottom of the first that curved foul. It was ruled that way, which was upheld by the review requested by crew chief Brian Gorman.

4/21 CHN @ COL
In the top of the first, Willson Contreras hit a fly to center that hit the top of the wall and bounced into play for a double. A fan had reached with a glove for the ball and may have touched it. The replay review ordered by crew chief Greg Gibson upheld to call.

4/21 SEA @ TEX
Nelson Cruz's high fly down the left field line in the top of the fourth went just above the pole and was ruled to be foul. The review ordered by crew chief Gary Cederstrom upheld the call. However, Cruz hit a homer to left later in the at bat.

4/22 PIT @ PHI
In the bottom of the eleventh, Andrew Knapp's drive to left hit the short fence above the wall and took an unusual bounce back into the field, which enabled him to reach third for a triple. The review asked for by crew chief Bill Welke confirmed that outcome.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            180     43       137
Fan Interference     135     26       109    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       481    160       321
Two calls reversed due to a runner being passed on the bases.

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           22      3        19
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           5      1         4
Gary Cederstrom       48     16        32    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            2      0         2
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      32      9        23
Kerwin Danley          2      1         1
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           45     17        28
Dana DeMuth           40     14        26
Laz Diaz               1      0         1
Paul Emmel             6      1         5
Mike Everitt          14      6         9
Greg Gibson            9      4         5
Brian Gorman          37     11        26
Tom Hallion           29      7        22
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       26      4        22
Sam Holbrook          12      2        10
Dan Iassogna           5      0         5
Jim Joyce             13      2        11
Jeff Kellogg          36     11        25
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           32      7        25
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        8      1         7
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals           25      7        18
Bill Miller           23      6        17
Paul Nauert            2      0         2
Jeff Nelson           26      6        20
Brian O'Nora           7      4         3
Ed Rapuano             2      2         0
Rick Reed              2      1         1
Mike Reilly            3      2         1
Charlie Reliford       1      0         1
Jim Reynolds           6      1         5
Dale Scott            37     18        19
Tim Timmons            3      2         1
Tim Tschida           20      6        14
Larry Vanover         18      3        15
Mark Wegner            5      3         2
Bill Welke             7      3         4
Tim Welke             30      8        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     1      0         1
Joe West              40     11        29
Mike Winters          42      9        33

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 33      8        25
Arlington: Globe LIfe Park             22      8        14
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Atlanta: SunTrust Park                  3      1         2
Baltimore: Camden Yards                36     11        25
Boston: Fenway Park                    54     15        39
Chicago: Guarenteed Rate Field         14      3        11
Chicago: Wrigley Field                 14      7         7
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    39      9        30
Cleveland: Progressive Field           29      6        23
Denver: Coors Field                    16      4        12
Detroit: Comerica Park                 31     14        17
Houston: Minute Maid Park              38      9        29
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          27      3        24
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium            13      4         9
Miami: Sun Life Stadium                 6      3         3
Miami: Marlins Park                    11      6         5
Milwaukee: Miller Park                 18      8        10
Minneapolis: Metrodome                  1      0         1
Minneapolis: Target Field              34      8        26
New York: Citi Field                   35     18        17
New York: Yankee Stadium II            25      7        18
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    15      2        13
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       35     14        21
Phoenix: Chase Field                   33      8        24
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   39      8        31
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           19      7        12
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       38     10        28    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                  17      6        11
San Francisco: AT&T Park               25      6        19
San Juan: Estadio Hiram Bithorn         1      0         1
Seattle: Safeco Field                  23      4        19
Toronto: Rogers Centre                 13      2        11
Washington: Nationals Park             26      6        20

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