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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:

2017 (25 times, 6 changed, 19 upheld)

4/4 CLE @ TEX
In the top of the ninth, Yan Gomes fly to LF was ruled foul. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which upheld the call.

4/6 MIA @ WAS
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ryan Zimmerman's fly to CF struck the railing behind the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play and Zimmerman reached 3B. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run

4/8 WAS @ PHI
In the bottom of the sixth, Michael Saunders fly to CF struck the top of the railing and caromed back on the field. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

4/10 TBA @ NYA
There were two similar plays in the eighth inning. In the top of the frame, Logan Morrison's fly to right-center went into the first row of seats and caromed off a fan's glove back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play and Morrison reached 3B. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

the bottom of the frame, Starlin Castro's fly to right-center went into the first row of seats and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which upheld the call. This was the same spot as the Morrison homer in the previous half inning.

4/12 MIN @ DET
In the top of the third inning, Miguel Sano's fly to RF was ruled foul but crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

4/14 TEX @ SEA
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Mitch Haniger's fly to LF struck the yellow stripe at the top of the wall and caromed onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review. The call was overturned by replay to a ball in play and a single.

4/15 MIL @ CIN
In the top of the sixth, Hernan Perez' fly to LF caromed off the top of the wall and struck a fan in the front row. The ball came back onto the field and was ruled in play. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

4/16 SLN @ NYA
In the bottom of the second inning, Aaron Judge's fly to RF was touched by a fan who reached over the wall. The ball was ruled in play for a triple and fan interference. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review, which upheld the call.

4/21 TOR @ ANA
IN the bottom of the eighth inning, Jefry Marte's fly down the LF line struck the wall behind Ezequiel Carrera. When the ball was ruled fair and in play for a double, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged the ruling. The call was upheld by replay.

4/22 CHN @ CIN
In the bottom of the eighth, Zack Cozart's fly to LF struck the top of the padded wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requsted a review, which upheld the call.

4/22 LAN @ ARI
In the bottom of the first, David Peralta's fly to CF struck the yellow stripe at the end of the seating area to the right of the batter's eye. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which upheld the call.

4/25 CIN @ MIL
In the bottom of the sixth, Keon Broxton's fly to CF struck the yellow stripe at the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Sam Holbrook requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

4/28 MIN @ KCA
In the top of the eighth inning, Miguel Sano's fly to CF struck the top of the wall 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.

4/28 SEA @ CLE
In the bottom of the fourth, Jose Ramirez' fly to LF struck the metal railing behind the padded wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review. The call was overturned to a home run by replay.

4/30 OAK @ HOU
In the bottom of the fourth, Evan Gattis' fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. Crew chief Joe West requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

5/1 NYN @ ATL
In the bottom of the fourth, Matt Kemp's fly to CF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Larry Vanover requested a review, which upheld the call.

5/5 TOR @ TBA
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Daniel Robertson's fly down the LF line was called a fair ball and a homer. Crew chief Larry Vanover requested a review, which upheld the call.

5/13 MIN @ CLE
In the bottom of the third inning, Carlos Santana's fly to right center was almost caught by Byron Buxton above the top of the wall. The ball caromed back onto the field. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which upheld the call of ball in play.

5/14 TBA @ BOS
In the top of the ninth, Steven Souza's fly to LF was caught by a fan at the top of the wall. It was ruled a home run but crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

5/15 NYN @ ARI
In the bottom of the eighth, Paul Goldschmidt's fly to CF struck the wall on the yellow line. The ball was ruled a home run, but acting crew chief Mark Wegner requested a review, which overturned the call to a ball in play. Goldschmidt was awarded 2B.

5/16 LAN @ SFN
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Brandon Belt's fly to RF was touched by a fan in the seats at the angle part of the wall. The ball caromed back onto the field and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which upheld the call.

5/20 BOS @ OAK
In the top of the ninth inning, Andrew Benintendi's fly down the RF line was ruled foul. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

5/21 COL @ CIN
In the bottom of the sixth, Jose Peraza's fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Sam Holbrook requested a review, which upheld the call by replay

5/25 DET @ HOU
In the top of the fifth, J.D. Martinez' fly to CF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review, which upheld the call.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            147     38       109
Fan Interference     123     24        99    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       421    147       274
One call reversed due to a runner being passed on the bases.

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           18      3        15
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           5      1         4
Gary Cederstrom       41     16        25    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            2      0         2
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      27      8        19
Kerwin Danley          1      1         0
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           39     17        22
Dana DeMuth           34     12        22
Laz Diaz               1      0         1
Paul Emmel             4      1         3
Mike Everitt           9      4         5
Greg Gibson            7      3         4
Brian Gorman          33     10        23
Tom Hallion           27      7        20
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       26      4        22
Sam Holbrook           3      0         3
Dan Iassogna           1      0         1
Jim Joyce             13      2        11
Jeff Kellogg          34     10        24
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           26      7        19
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        3      0         3
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals           21      7        14
Bill Miller           17      5        16
Paul Nauert            2      0         2
Jeff Nelson           23      6        17
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            37     18        19
Tim Tschida           20      6        14
Larry Vanover         17      3        14
Mark Wegner            3      2         1
Tim Welke             30      8        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     1      0         1
Joe West              38      9        29
Mike Winters          37      8        29

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 25      6        19
Arlington: Rangers Ballpark            15      6        10
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Atlanta: SunTrust Park                  1      0         1
Baltimore: Camden Yards                33     10        23
Boston: Fenway Park                    48     14        34
Chicago: Guarenteed Rate Field         13      2        11
Chicago: Wrigley Field                 12      7         5
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    36      9        27
Cleveland: Progressive Field           25      6        19
Denver: Coors Field                    14      4        10
Detroit: Comerica Park                 26     12        14
Houston: Minute Maid Park              35      9        26
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          22      3        19
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium            10      2         8
Miami: Sun Life Stadium                 6      3         3
Miami: Marlins Park                    10      6         4
Milwaukee: Miller Park                 16      8         8
Minneapolis: Metrodome                  1      0         1
Minneapolis: Target Field              27      7        20
New York: Citi Field                   33     17        16
New York: Yankee Stadium II            32      6        16
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    13      2        11
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       30     13        17
Phoenix: Chase Field                   30      8        22
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   28      7        21
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           16      6        10
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       33      9        24    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                  14      5         9
San Francisco: AT&T Park               21      5        16
Seattle: Safeco Field                  21      4        17
Toronto: Rogers Centre                 11      2         9
Washington: Nationals Park             24      5        18

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