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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 (65 times, 13 changed, 52 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.

5/27 KCA @ CLE
In the bottom of the fourth, Jason Kipnis' fly to RF was ruled foul but acting crew chief Alfonzo Marquez requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

5/29 ATL @ ANA
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Luis Valbuena's fly to RF was touched by a fan above the yellow line and the ball caromed back onto the field. It was ruled a home run but crew chief Ted Barrett requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

5/30 ARI @ PIT
In the top of the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt's fly to RF 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 by replay.

6/1 BOS @ BAL
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Adam Jones' fly ball to LF was caught by a fan in the first row. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which upheld the call of home run.

6/4 ARI @ MIA
In the top of the fourth, Paul Goldschmidt's fly to CF struck the wall near the yellow stripe. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which upheld the call of double.

6/4 TBA @ SEA
In the top of the third inning, Steven Souza's fly to LF was ruled foul. Crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

6/6 CHA @ TBA
In the top of the first, leadoff hitter Yolmer Sanchez' fly to CF struck a catwalk and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

6/7 NYN @ TEX
In the top of the fourth, Jay Bruce's fly to RF struck a chair in the bullpen and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review which overturned the call to a home run by replay.

6/9 COL @ CHN
In the top of the sixth, Trevor Story's fly to LF was ruled a foul ball but crew chief Jerry Layne requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

6/9 OAK @ TBA
In the bottom of the fourth, Steven Souza's fly to LF appeared to strike a ring in the roof. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

6/11 CHA @ CLE
In the bottom of the sixth, Edwin Encarnacion's fly to LF was ruled foul. Crew chief Mike Everett requested a review, which upheld the call.

6/11 MIL @ ARI
In the bottom of the seventh, Chris Herrmann's fly to LF bounced off the top of the fence and caromed over. It was called a foul ball. Crew chief Brian Gorman requested a review, which upheld the call.

6/12 TEX @ HOU
In the top of the second inning, Joey Gallo's fly to RF struck the top of the wall and caromed into CF. It was ruled in play. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which upheld the call.

6/12 SEA @ MIN
In the top of the ninth inning, Nelson Cruz' fly to CF struck near the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Sam Holbrook requested a review, which overturned the call to a ball in play for a double.

6/13 SEA @ MIN
In the bottom of the eighth, Chris Gimenez's fly into the LF corner 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.

6/14 COL @ PIT
In the top of the second, Ian Desmond's fly to LF was touched by a fan in the front row and ruled a home run. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

6/15 KCA @ ANA
In the bottom of the fifth, Danny Espinosa's fly to LF was ruled fair and a home run. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which overturned the call to a foul ball by replay.

6/16 CHN @ PIT

  1. In the top of the first (the first batter of the game), Anthony Rizzo's fly down the RF line was ruled fair and a home run. The umpires huddled then crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review. The call was overturned the call to a foul ball. Cubs Manager Joe Maddon ejected by Kellogg for arguing the replay ruling.
  2. In the bottom of the fourth, Gregory Polanco's fly to RF was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

6/18 NYA @ OAK
In the top of the fourth Didi Gregorius hit a fly ball down the right field line just inside the foul pole for a home run. Oakland manager Bob Melvin spoke to crew chief Ted Barrett who ordered a replay review, which upheld the call.

6/18 KCA @ ANA
In the bottom of the first Kole Calhoun hit a line drive that hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play for a double. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth ordered a replay after Angel's manager Mike Soscia challenged the original ruling, and the call was upheld.

6/20 TOR @ TEX
In the top of the seventh Steve Pearce's high fly down the left field line curved foul and was ruled that way. Crew chief Sam Holbrook called for a replay review, which confirmed the call.

6/21 CIN @ TBA
In the bottom of the fifth, Steven Souza Jr. hit a towering fly to left that hit off the wall for a double. Rays manager Kevin Cash asked crew chief Tom Hallion for a review to see if the ball hit the C-ring and would be a homer. The replay upheld the call of a ball in play.

6/21 SFN @ ATL
In the bottom of the seventh Tyler Flowers's fly ball down the left field line hit the top of the wall and bounced against the screen behind the wall and then back into the field. It was ruled in play, but acting crew chief Brian O'Nora requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run by replay.

6/22 PIT @ MIL
In the bottom of the seventh with two outs and runners on first and second Travis Shaw hit a fly to left that hit the top of the wall and bounced back into the play. Crew chief Jerry Layne immediately made the call that the ball was in play. The Brewers thinking it was a homer did not run hard while the Pirates fielded the ball and threw home to retire the runner from first. The play was a double with the runner on second scoring and the other runner making the third out at the plate.

6/23 NYN @ SFN
In the top of the ninth, Lucas Duda hit a high drive to deep right-center that went through a fan's hands, hit off the top of the wall, and bounced back into the field for a double. Crew chief Jerry Layne asked for a review, and the call was uphelf by replay.

6/24 COL @ LAN
In the bottom of sixth, Chase Utley's drive to right was caught by a fan who reached over the wall. The call was a ground-rule double, which was confirmed by the replay review requested by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth.

6/25 ANA @ BOS
In the top of the ninth Danny Espinosa hit a line drive down the right field line just to the right of the "Pesky Pole" and it was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Bill Miller ordered a review, which upheld the call.

6/27 ATL @ SDN
In the bottom of the first Wil Myers hit a drive to right center hit at the top of the wall and bounced back into the field for a double. Crew cheif Mike Winters asked for a review, which confirmed the call by replay.

6/30 MIN @ KCA

  1. In the top of the third Brian Dozier's fly down the right field line was ruled to be foul. The play was reviewed by crew chief Mike Everitt, and the call was upheld.
  2. In the bottom of the fourth Eric Hosmer's high fly down the left field line carried just inside the pole and was ruled a three-run homer. The play was reviewed by crew chief Mike Everitt, and the call was upheld.

7/4 SFN @ DET
In the top of the seventh Brandon Crawford's high fly to right hit the short fence above the yellow line and was called a two-run homer. Crew chief Mike Winters asked for a review, which upheld the call.

7/7 PIT @ CHN
In the top of the first, Andrew McCutchen hit a line drive to left that hit just below the top of the basket in front of the stands and bounced back into play. It was ruled in play and a double. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom ordered a review, which upheld the call.

7/7 BAL @ MIN
In the bottom of the fourth Miguel Sano's high fly down the left field line curved foul and was ruled that way. Acting crew chief Bill Welke asked for a replay review, which confirmed the call.

7/8 HOU @ TOR
In the bottom of the seventh Justime Smoak's drive to right-center hit halfway up the wall for a double. Crew Chief Dana DeMuth asked for a replay review, which confirmed the call of a ball in play.

7/9 MIL @ NYA
In the bottom of the sixth Chase Headley's fly down the right field line was ruled to be a homer. Acting crew chief Alfonso Marquez requested a review, which overturned the call to a foul ball by replay.

7/14 STL @ PIT
In the bottom of the fourth Gregory Polanco's drive down the right field line was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Jerry Lane asked for a review, which confirmed the call by replay.

7/15 NYA @ BOS
In the bottom of the fifteenth Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a fly down the left line that hit to the left of the pole, hit the side of stands, and bounced into the Green Monster seats. It was ruled a foul ball, and the review ordered by crew chief Gary Cederstrom confirmed the call.

7/16 STL @ PIT
In the bottom of the fourth Gregory Polanco's drive down the right field line was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Jerry Lane asked for a review, which confirmed the call by replay.

7/16 TOR @ DET
In the bottom of the eighth J.D. Martinez hit a fly ball that hit just above the yellow line in right field and bounced off the fence above the wall back into the field. It was called in play and a double, but crew chief Joe West asked for a review, which overturned the call to a home run by replay.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            165     41       124
Fan Interference     127     24       103    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       439    151       288
One call reversed due to a runner being passed on the bases.

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           20      3        17
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           5      1         4
Gary Cederstrom       44     16        28    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            2      0         2
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      31      9        22
Kerwin Danley          1      1         0
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           40     17        23
Dana DeMuth           36     13        23
Laz Diaz               1      0         1
Paul Emmel             4      1         3
Mike Everitt          12      4         8
Greg Gibson            7      3         4
Brian Gorman          34     10        24
Tom Hallion           28      7        21
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       26      4        22
Sam Holbrook           6      1         5
Dan Iassogna           1      0         1
Jim Joyce             13      2        11
Jeff Kellogg          36     11        25
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           31      7        24
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        5      1         4
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals           22      7        15
Bill Miller           20      5        15
Paul Nauert            2      0         2
Jeff Nelson           25      6        19
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           4      1         3
Dale Scott            37     18        19
Tim Tschida           20      6        14
Larry Vanover         17      3        14
Mark Wegner            3      2         1
Bill Welke             1      0         1
Tim Welke             30      8        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     1      0         1
Joe West              39     10        29
Mike Winters          39      8        31

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 28      7        21
Arlington: Rangers Ballpark            18      7        11
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Atlanta: SunTrust Park                  3      1         2
Baltimore: Camden Yards                34     10        24
Boston: Fenway Park                    50     14        36
Chicago: Guarenteed Rate Field         13      2        11
Chicago: Wrigley Field                 14      7         7
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    36      9        27
Cleveland: Progressive Field           27      6        21
Denver: Coors Field                    14      4        10
Detroit: Comerica Park                 28     13        15
Houston: Minute Maid Park              36      9        27
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          24      3        21
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium            11      2         9
Miami: Sun Life Stadium                 6      3         3
Miami: Marlins Park                    11      6         5
Milwaukee: Miller Park                 17      8         9
Minneapolis: Metrodome                  1      0         1
Minneapolis: Target Field              30      8        22
New York: Citi Field                   33     17        16
New York: Yankee Stadium II            23      7        16
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    14      2        12
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       30     13        17
Phoenix: Chase Field                   32      8        23
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   34      8        26
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           16      6        10
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       36      9        27    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                  15      5        10
San Francisco: AT&T Park               22      5        17
Seattle: Safeco Field                  22      4        18
Toronto: Rogers Centre                 12      2        10
Washington: Nationals Park             24      5        18

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