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 (14 times, 1 changed, 13 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.
Reason for Review Total Reversed Upheld Fair/Foul 76 24 52 Fan Interference 59 10 49 (including one in wrong situation) Over the Fence 266 98 168
Crew Chief Total Reversed Upheld
Ted Barrett 7 0 7
Wally Bell 12 2 10
Mark Carlson 1 0 1
Gary Cederstrom 27 12 15 (including one in wrong situation)
Eric Cooper 1 0 1
Derryl Cousins 14 4 10
Jerry Crawford 2 0 2
Fieldin Culbreth 7 2 5
Kerwin Danley 1 1 0
Gary Darling 13 3 10
Bob Davidson 3 0 3
Gerry Davis 24 9 15
Dana DeMuth 21 8 13
Paul Emmel 1 0 1
Mike Everitt 3 1 2
Brian Gorman 22 9 13
Tom Hallion 17 6 11
Angel Hernandez 3 1 2
John Hirschbeck 14 2 12
Sam Holbrook 1 0 1
Jim Joyce 6 2 4
Jeff Kellogg 21 6 15
Ron Kulpa 1 0 1
Jerry Layne 18 4 14
Randy Marsh 2 2 0
Tim McClelland 15 5 10
Jerry Meals 3 1 2
Bill Miller 2 0 2
Jeff Nelson 5 2 3
Brian O'Nora 3 1 2
Ed Rapuano 2 2 0
Rick Reed 2 1 1
Mike Reilly 3 2 1
Charlie Reliford 1 0 1
Jim Reynolds 2 0 2
Dale Scott 28 14 14
Tim Tschida 20 6 14
Larry Vanover 2 1 1
Tim Welke 26 7 19
Joe West 27 8 19
Mike Winters 20 6 14
Park Total Reversed Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium 15 2 13
Arlington: Rangers Ballpark 12 5 7
Atlanta: Turner Field 7 2 5
Baltimore: Camden Yards 18 7 11
Boston: Fenway Park 27 9 18
Chicago: U.S. Cellular Field 8 2 6
Chicago: Wrigley Field 6 4 2
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark 20 4 16
Cleveland: Progressive Field 12 3 9
Denver: Coors Field 6 0 6
Detroit: Comerica Park 18 9 9
Houston: Minute Maid Park 22 6 16
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium 14 2 12
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium 3 0 3
Miami: Sun Life Stadium 6 3 3
Miami: Marlins Park 6 3 3
Milwaukee: Miller Park 12 8 4
Minneapolis: Metrodome 1 0 1
Minneapolis: Target Field 17 6 17
New York: Citi Field 23 12 11
New York: Yankee Stadium II 14 3 11
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium 8 2 6
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park 20 9 11
Phoenix: Chase Field 15 3 12
Pittsburgh: PNC Park 17 6 11
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III 10 4 6
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field 15 5 10 (including one in wrong situation)
San Diego: PETCO Park 8 2 6
San Francisco: AT&T Park 10 3 7
Seattle: Safeco Field 12 3 9
Toronto: Rogers Centre 5 2 3
Washington: Nationals Park 14 1 13