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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:

2015 (14 times, 6 changed, 8 upheld)

04/08 TEX @ OAK
In the bottom of the third inning, Mark Canha's fly ball caromed off the top of the CF wall back onto the field. It was ruled in play. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which upheld the call.

04/10 DET @ CLE
In the bottom of the eighth, Carlos Santana's fly ball to CF hit at the top of the padded wall and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play with Santana getting a double that scored the runner from first, but crew chief Dale Scott requested a review. The call was overturned to fan interference because a fan touched the ball at the top of the wall. However, the original play was not changed.

04/17 BAL @ BOS
In the top of the fifth, Caleb Joseph’s fly the ball fell into the first row just beyond the RF pole. Shane Victorino crashed into the wall and a fan reached up to catch the ball. When the ball was ruled a home run, Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the ruling. The call was upheld by replay. The crew chief was Jerry Meals.

04/19 ANA @ HOU
In the bottom of the seventh inning, George Springer's fly down the RF line is called a home run. Crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review, which overturned the call to a foul ball.

04/25 TOR @ TBA
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Tim Beckham's fly to LF struck the yellow stripe at the top of the fence and was ruled in play. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review and the call was upheld by replay.

04/25 SFN @ COL
In the top of the sixth, Justin Maxwell's fly to RF struck the top of the scoreboard and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Maxwell ran the bases as if it was a home run but was tagged before he reached HP. Crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review which overturned the call to a home run.

05/06 BAL @ NYN
In the bottom of the sixth, Dilson Herrera's fly to LF struck the railing above the orange stripe and was ruled in play. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

05/08 BOS @ TOR
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Jose Bautista's fly hit the top of the padded wall in CF and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play but crew chief Gary Cederstrom requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/09 ATL @ WAS
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Ryan Zimmerman's fly to LF landed in the flowers behind the padded wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review. The call was overturned to a home run by replay.

05/17 CLE @ TEX
In the bottom of the second inning, Mitch Moreland's fly to RF struck at the top of the padded wall and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play but crew chief Joe West requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

05/17 BOS @ SEA
In the top of the eighth, Mookie Betts fly down the LF line was ruled a foul ball. Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the ruling. The call was upheld by replay.

05/19 MIN @ PIT
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Josh Harrison's fly to RF struck near the top of the wall and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review, which overturned the call to in play and a double.

05/19 NYA @ WAS
In the bottom of the first, Bryce Harper's fly to right-center struck the top of the scoreboard and was ruled a home run. A fan leaned over the rail to touch the ball. Crew chief Jim Joyce requested a review, which upheld the call.

05/23 NYN @ PIT
In the top of the eighth, Ruben Tejada's fly to LF was caught by a fan in the first row and Sean Rodriguez lost his glove in the seats. The ball was ruled a homer but crew chief Mike Winters requested a review. The call was upheld by replay, saying the ball was over the wall and there was no fan interference.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul             92     28        64
Fan Interference      72     13        59    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       319    115       204

Umpire Summary

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

Ballpark Summary

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

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