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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 (70 times, 19 changed, 51 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.

05/25 COL @ BOS
In the bottom of the third, Ryan Hanigan's fly to RF was ruled a fair ball and a home run. Crew chief Jerry Layne requested a review, which overturned the call by replay to a foul ball.

05/28 SDN @ ARI
In the bottom of the seventh, Chris Owings fly to CF struck the wall just below the yellow stripe. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which overturned the call to in play. Owings was placed at 2B.

05/29 SLN @ WAS
In the bottom of the seventh, Anthony Rendon's fly to RF landed on the top of the scoreboard and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/29 LAN @ NYN
In the bottom of the sixth, Asdrubal Cabrera's fly to LF was touched by a fan above the orange stripe. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Tom Hallion requested a review, which upheld the call.

05/30 WAS @ PHI
In the top of the seventh inning, Ryan Zimmerman's fly to left-center struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was called in play for a double, but crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/31 BOS @ BAL
In the bottom of the eighth, Chris Davis' fly to RF went over the pole and was ruled foul. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which upheld the call.

05/31 SLN @ MIL
In the top of the eighth, Jeremy Hazelbaker's fly to RF curled by the pole and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Ted Barrett requested a review, which overturned the call by replay to a foul ball.

06/03 WAS @ CIN
In the bottom of the third, Eugenio Suarez' fly to LF struck the top of the padding and caromed off the railing behind the padding onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

06/04 NYA @ BAL
In the top of the fourth, Didi Gregorius' fly to RF went over the pole and was ruled foul. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/05 MIL @ PHI
In the bottom of the fifth, Tommy Joseph's fly to RF was caught by a fan who reached over the railing. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review. The call was overturned by replay to fan interference and a double.

06/06 CHN @ PHI
In the top of the first, Kris Bryant's fly to RF was touched by a fan over the rail. The ball caromed back onto the field and was ruled in play. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, overturned the call to fan interference and a double. Bryant had reached 3B on the play.

06/07 ATL @ SDN
In the top of the eighth inning, Freddie Freeman's fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. A fan was close to touching the ball and Jon Jay attempted a catch. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Ted Barrett requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/09 CLE @ SEA
In the bottom of the first, Kyle Seager's fly to LF hit the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/10 HOU @ TBA
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Evan Longoria's fly to LF hit a catwalk and was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Tom Hallion requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/11 DET @ NYA
In the bottom of the third inning, Chase Headley's fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed towards CF. The ball was ruled fair and in play. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/11 NYN @ MIL
In the top of the third inning, Curtis Granderson's fly to RF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Larry Vanover requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

06/13 LAN @ ARI
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Paul Goldschmidt's fly to RF was ruled fair and a home run. Crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review, which overturned the call to a foul ball.

06/15 LAN @ ARI
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Paul Goldschmidt's fly to LF struck near the top of the wall and might have been touched by a fan. The ball was ruled in play and no fan interference. Crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/16 SEA @ TBA
In the top of the ninth inning, Kyle Seagers' fly to RF struck a seat in the first row and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

06/16 MIL @ LAN
In the top of the first, Jonathan Lucroy's fly down the LF line was called foul. Acting crew chief Mike Everett requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/19 TOR @ BAL
In the top of the first, Ezequiel Carrera's fly to RF on the 2-2 pitch was ruled foul. Crew chief Dale Scott requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

06/20 ANA @ HOU
In the bottom of the seventh, Jason Castro's fly to LF struck the railing above the yellow stripe and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

06/20 WAS @ LAN
In the bottom of the third inning, Yasmani Grandal's fly down the LF line was ruled foul. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

06/22 CHA @ BOS
In the bottom of the eighth, Xander Bogaerts' fly to CF hit near the top of the wall and was ruled in play. Bogaerts reached 2B on the play. Crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review and the call was overturned to fan interference and a double.

06/22 CHA @ BOS
In the bottom of the eighth (two batters later), Chris Young's fly down the LF line was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/22 SDN @ BAL
In the top of the fifth inning, Melvin Upton's fly to LF was called foul. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/22 WAS @ LAN
In the top of the second, Danny Espinosa's fly to CF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/26 LAN @ PIT
In the top of the third inning, Justin Turner's fly to LF was touched by a fan in the first row. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

06/26 CLE @ DET
In the top of the fifth, Lonnie Chisenhall's fly to RF was touched by a fan with his cap. The ball touched the railing behind the yellow line and caromed back onto the field and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

06/27 HOU @ ANA
In the top of the sixth, Luis Valbuena's fly to RF struck the yellow line at the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review. The call was overturned to in play and Valbuena awarded 2B.

07/01 CIN @ WAS
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Bryce Harper's fly to CF struck at the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/02 SFN @ ARI
In the bottom of the fourth, Chris Herrmann's fly to RF struck to the left of the vertical yellow line and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/03 NYA @ SDN
In the bottom of the second, Yangervis Solarte's fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed into the seats. The ball was ruled a home run. Acting crew chief Mark Carlson requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

07/04 TEX @ BOS
In the bottom of the second, Mookie Betts fly down the LF line was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Joe West requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/05 SEA @ HOU
In the bottom of the fourth, A.J. Reed's fly to CF struck the vertical line after a fan reached out to catch the ball. The play was ruled a home run and no fan interference. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which overturned the call to fan interference but still a home run.

07/06 DET @ CLE
In the bottom of the third inning, Jason Kipnis' fly to RF was ruled a foul ball. Acting crew chief Mike Everitt requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

07/07 PIT @ SLN
In the bottom of the sixth, Stephen Piscotty's fly to RF landed in the flowers behind the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play and Piscotty reached 2B. Crew chief Dale Scott requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

07/08 SEA @ KCA
In the top of the sixth, Nelson Cruz' fly to RF was ruled fair and a home run then the umpires called it foul. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth then requested a review, which upheld the call as a foul ball.

07/08 SLN @ MIL
In the bottom of the sixth, Jonathan Lucroy's fly to CF struck the top of the padded wall and caromed off the back wall onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Ted Barrett requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

07/15 MIL @ CIN
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Adam Duvall's fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Brian Gorman requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

07/16 BAL @ TBA
In the bottom of the fourth, Logan Morrison's fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Ted Barrett requested a review, which overturned the call to a ball in play, with Morrison being placed at 3B.

07/20 MIA @ PHI
In the bottom of the first, Tyler Goeddel's fly to RF was caught by a fan in the front row. Crew chief Tom Hallion requested a review, which upheld the call of home run by replay.

07/23 ARI @ CIN
IN the bottom of the fifth, Jay Bruce's fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

07/25 CIN @ SFN
In the top of the fourth inning, Jay Bruce's fly to RF was caught by a fan who reached out. The play was ruled to be a home run. Crew chief Joe West requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            133     36        97
Fan Interference     115     23        92    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       389    136       253
One call reversed due to a runner being passed on the bases.

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           15      3        12
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           5      1         4
Gary Cederstrom       38     14        24    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            2      0         2
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      23      6        17
Kerwin Danley          1      1         0
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           38     17        21
Dana DeMuth           32     12        20
Laz Diaz               1      0         1
Paul Emmel             4      1         3
Mike Everitt           7      3         4
Greg Gibson            7      3         4
Brian Gorman          29     10        19
Tom Hallion           26      7        19
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       24      4        20
Sam Holbrook           1      0         1
Dan Iassogna           1      0         1
Jim Joyce             12      2        10
Jeff Kellogg          29      8        21
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           26      7        19
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        2      0         2
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals           16      4        12
Bill Miller           14      3        11
Paul Nauert            2      0         2
Jeff Nelson           21      6        15
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            35     17        18
Tim Tschida           20      6        14
Larry Vanover         12      2        10
Mark Wegner            2      1         1
Tim Welke             30      8        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     1      0         1
Joe West              36      9        27
Mike Winters          33      8        25

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 24      6        18
Arlington: Rangers Ballpark            14      5         9
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Baltimore: Camden Yards                31     10        21
Boston: Fenway Park                    43     12        31
Chicago: U.S. Cellular Field           12      2        10
Chicago: Wrigley Field                 11      7         4
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    32      8        24
Cleveland: Progressive Field           23      5        18
Denver: Coors Field                    14      4        10
Detroit: Comerica Park                 25     12        13
Houston: Minute Maid Park              33      9        24
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          19      3        16
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium             8      0         8
Miami: Sun Life Stadium                 6      3         3
Miami: Marlins Park                    10      6         4
Milwaukee: Miller Park                 15      8         7
Minneapolis: Metrodome                  1      0         1
Minneapolis: Target Field              26      7        19
New York: Citi Field                   31     16        15
New York: Yankee Stadium II            19      5        14
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    11      2         9
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       29     13        16
Phoenix: Chase Field                   25      5        20
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   27      7        20
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           14      6         8
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       31      9        22    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                  14      5         9
San Francisco: AT&T Park               18      5        13
Seattle: Safeco Field                  20      4        16
Toronto: Rogers Centre                 10      2         8
Washington: Nationals Park             22      3        18

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