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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:

2018 (49 times, 13 changed, 36 upheld)

3/30 HOU @ TEX
Shin-Soo Choo's fly to left hit the top of the wall and bounced back into the field for a double. Crew chief Jerry Meals asked for a replay review, which confirmed the call.

4/1 PIT @ DET, Game 2

4/3 CLE @ ANA
Rene Rivera's drive to right in the bottom of the eighth hit the scoreboard well above the yellow line, which is a lower "fence" for a homer in Anaheim this year, and bounced back into the field. It was ruled in play for a double, but the review requested by crew chief Mark Wegner overturned the call to a home run.

4/4 MIN @ PIT
IN the top of the fourth, Miguel Sano's fly to right hit above the scoreboard and below the yellow line and bounced back into the field for a double. The replay ordered by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth confirmed the call.

4/5 NYN @ WAS
Michael Conforto's fly in the top of the fifth just cleared the wall into the flower bed and bounced back into the field. It was ruled in play for a double, but the review requested by crew chief Joe West overturned the call to a home run.

4/7 MIA @ PHI
In the bottom of the fourth, Maikel Franco's fly to left center hit the top of the wall and bounced against a short fence back into play for a double. The replay review ordered by crew chief Kerwin Danley confirmed the call.

4/9 SDN @ COL
In the bottom of the sixth, Carlos Gonzalez's fly to left landed in Corry Spangenberg's glove, but he was unable to hold onto the ball, which dropped into the stands, as his glove hit the top of the wall. However, a fan whose hands were on the yellow line at the top of the fence, but not over the fence into the field of play, may have touched the glove and caused the dropped ball. It was ruled a homer, and the call was upheld after the review ordered by crew chief Brian Gorman. Padres manager Andy Green came out to argue about the call and was immediately ejected as that is not allowed.

4/9 HOU @ MIN
In the bottom of the ninth, Byron Buxton hit a fly down the left line that would have tied the game if fair, but it curved foul. That ruling was confirmed by the review requested by crew chief Alfonso Marquez.

4/11 MIL @ SLN
In the bottom of the ninth, Tommy Pham's drive to left hit the screen just above the wall and bounced back into the field for a double. After the review asked for by crew chief Bill Welke, the ruling was overturned to a home run.

4/11 CIN @ PHI
Scooter Gennett's fly to left in the top of the ninth hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play for a double. That call was confirmed by the replay review requested by crew chief Jerry Meals.

4/14 ARI @ LAD
In the top of the fourth with runners on first and third, Deven Marrero hit a fly to left center that just cleared the wall. Alex Avila, the runner on first started back to the bag to tag up and Marrero briefly passed behind and ahead of him. The play was first ruled to be a three-run homer, but the replay ordered by crew chief Brian Gorman overturned it to a two-run single.

4/17 CLE @ MIN, played in San Juan, Puerto Rico
In the top of the eighth, Yonder Alonso's high fly down the right field line went over the pole, which does not extend as high as in a major league park. It was ruled a home run, and after the review requested by crew chief Gary Cederstrom, the call stood. As a note, the replay review was not done in New York but locally by a fifth umpire.

4/18 TEX @ TBA
Renato Nunez's fly to right in the top of the fifth was caught by a fan who reached over the top of the fence. It was ruled a double, which was upheld after the replay review about possible fan interference requested by crew chief Alfonso Marquez.

4/20 BOS @ OAK
Chad Pinder hit a fly down the right field line in the bottom of the first that curved foul. It was ruled that way, which was upheld by the review requested by crew chief Brian Gorman.

4/21 CHN @ COL
In the top of the first, Willson Contreras hit a fly to center that hit the top of the wall and bounced into play for a double. A fan had reached with a glove for the ball and may have touched it. The replay review ordered by crew chief Greg Gibson upheld to call.

4/21 SEA @ TEX
Nelson Cruz's high fly down the left field line in the top of the fourth went just above the pole and was ruled to be foul. The review ordered by crew chief Gary Cederstrom upheld the call. However, Cruz hit a homer to left later in the at bat.

4/22 PIT @ PHI
In the bottom of the eleventh, Andrew Knapp's drive to left hit the short fence above the wall and took an unusual bounce back into the field, which enabled him to reach third for a triple. The review asked for by crew chief Bill Welke confirmed that outcome.

4/26 SEA @ CLE
Robinson Cano's fly to left in the top of the fifth hit the yellow line at the top of wall and bounced back into the field. It was ruled a home run, but the replay requested by crew chief Mark Wegner overturned the call to a double.

4/26 DET @ PIT
In the bottom of the ninth in a scoreless game, Corey Dickerson hit a drive to right that a fan reached for and caught with his bare hands. It was ruled to be a home run. The replay review ordered by crew chief Mike Winters showed the ball was caught after it cleared the wall, so it remained a game-ending homer.

4/26 ATL @ CIN
In the top of the sixth, Dansby Swanson hit a high fly down the left field line that curved just to the left of the pole, and it was ruled as a foul ball. The review called for by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth confirmed the call.

4/27 CIN @ MIN
Logan Morrison's fly to right center in the bottom of the first hit on top of the wall possibly clearing it before bouncing back into the field and was ruled a home run. The review ordered by crew chief Ted Barrett upheld the call.

4/28 ATL @ PHI
In the top of the third, Odubel Herrera leaped high and reached over the wall to catch Freddie Freeman's fly to deep center. The review ordered by crew chief Kerwin Danley checked to see if the ball had first hit one of the shrubs beyond the fence before being caught. The call of a catch for an out was confirmed.

4/28 LAN @ SFN, Game 1
Alen Hanson's drive to right center was touched by a fan after it cleared the wall and dropped back onto the field. It was ruled a homer, and the call was upheld by the review ordered by crew chief Dan Iassogna.

4/29 OAK @ HOU
In the bottom of the fifth, Max Stassi hit a fly to right that Stephen Piscotty had lined up and was jumping to make the catch when a fan reached over the wall and caught the ball just above Pistotty's glove. The play was ruled an out due to fan interference by second base umpire Dan Bellino, and the call was confirmed by the review requested by crew chief Tom Hallion.

5/1 MIL @ CIN
Hernan Perez's drive to left in the top of the seventh cleared the wall, hit a seat, and bounced back into the field. It was called a home run, and the replay review ordered by crew chief Mike Winters confirmed the call.

5/12 MIL @ COL

5/15 TOR at NYN
Amed Rosario's fly to right center hit the orange padding at the top of the fence and bounced back into play for a double. Crew chief Bill Welke asked for a review, which upheld the call.

5/17 COL @ SFN
A high drive to right center by Brandon Belt in the bottom of the sixth hit the railing just above the top of the wall and bouncded back into the field for a double. However, the review ordered by crew chief Brian O'Nora overturned the call to a home run.

5/19 CLE @ HOU
In the bottom of the eighth, Jose Altuve's fly to right hit the netting below the yellow line, hit the lip of the fence under the netting and then caromed to the right and into the stands. It was ruled a homer, but the replay review ordered by crew chief Bill Miller overturned the call to a "ground-rule" double.

5/27 NYN @ MIL
Michael Conforto's fly to center hit the yellow line at the top of the fence and bounced directly back into the field. It was ruled a home run, which it would have been if the ball had bounced off the higher wall just behind the fence. That ruling was overturned to double by the replay requested by crew chief Mike Winters.

5/28 ANA @ DET
In the bottom of the seventh, a fan reached out and caught Leonys Martin's fly to right well above the top of the fence. It was ruled a homer, which was upheld by the review ordered by crew chief Greg Gibson.

5/29 CHN @ PIT
Anthony Rizzo hit a high fly in the top of the seventh to right center that was caught by a Cubs fan above the yellow line and his momentum caused him to reach over the fence. It was called a homer, and the replay requested by crew chief Gerry Davis confirmed the call.

5/30 TOR @ BOS
In the bottom of the fifth, Eduardo Nunez hit a fly to left that just cleared the top of the Green Monster's wall and was caught by a fan who reached over the flat area in front of the seats. It was called a homer, and the replay requested by crew chief Jerry Layne confirmed the call.

5/30 MIN @ KCA
Jorge Soler's fly to left center in the bottom of the second hit the padding at the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. It was ruled a home run, but the review requested by crew chief Tom Hallion overturned the call to a double that scored the runner from first.

6/2 MIA @ ARI
In the top of the sixth, Starlin Castro hit a high fly to center that hit the top of the wall just to the right of the "home run porch" and bounced back into the field. He reached second for a double, which was the ruling upheld by the review asked for by crew chief Ted Barrett.

6/2 TBA @ SEA
Wilson Ramos's drive to left center in the top of the sixth hit the yellow line at the top of the wall and bounced back into play for a double. That call was confirmed by the review ordered by Alfonso Marquez.

6/3 CLE @ MIN
Yan Gomes's fly to left in the top of the seventh hit the top of the wall and bounced high and back into play for a double. That call was confirmed by the review ordered by Jerry Layne.

6/6 ARI @ SFN
David Peralta hit a high fly down the right field line in the top of the tenth that just curved foul at the last moment. It was called that way, which was confirmed by the replay requested by crew chief Bill Welke.

6/8 MIL @ PHI
In the bottom of the seventh, Nick Williams hit a fly to deep center that hit the top of the wall and bounced back in the field. It was ruled in play and he reached third for a triple. That call was confirmed by the review ordered by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth.

6/9 SEA @ TBA
Mallex Smith's fly to right hit the yellow padding at the top of the wall and took a high bounce back into the field. He ran hard and wound up a third, and the umpires' call after discussing it was a home run. The replay review ordered by crew chief Marvin Hudson overturned the call to a triple.

6/11 SFN @ MIA
In the bottom of the fourth, Lewis Brinson's drive to deep center hit the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. It was ruled in play and he reached third for a triple. The call was upheld by the review ordered by crew chief Mark Wegner.

6/13 TEX @ LAN
Shin-Soo Choo hit a fly to left center that hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play as he reached second. It was ruled a double and the call was confirmed by the review requested by crew chief Bill Welke.

6/16 NYN @ ARI
In the last of the eighth, Paul Goldschmidt's fly down the right field line curved foul and was called that way, which was confirmed by the review asked for by crew chief Jim Reynolds.

6/18 SLN @ PHI
Rhys Hoskins hit a drive down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh that passed just to left of the pole. It was called foul, which was confirmed by the replay ordered by crew chief Gary Cederstrom.

6/19 CHA @ CLE
Jose Abreu's fly down the left field line in the top of the third curved foul just before it passed the pole, but it was ruled to be a homer. Based on the review requested by crew chief Ted Barrett the call was overturned to foul ball.

6/19 NYN @ COL
In the bottom of the third, Jose Cuevas hit a line drive that hit the fair/foul line in left just below the top of the wall, which resulted in a double. That call was confirmed by the replay ordered by crew chief Bill Welke.

6/20 DET @ CIN
Eugenio Suarez hit a fly to left in the bottom of the sixth that hit the concrete behind the yellow line at the top of the fence and bounced back into the field. It was called in play for a double, but the review ordered by crew chief Sam Holbrook overturned the call to a home run.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            186     44       142
Fan Interference     139     26       113    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       501    166       335
Two calls reversed due to a runner being passed on the bases.

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           27      4        23
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           5      1         4
Gary Cederstrom       49     16        33    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            2      0         2
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      34      9        25
Kerwin Danley          3      1         2
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           46     17        29
Dana DeMuth           40     14        26
Laz Diaz               1      0         1
Paul Emmel             6      1         5
Mike Everitt          14      6         9
Greg Gibson           10      4         6
Brian Gorman          37     11        26
Tom Hallion           31      8        23
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       26      4        22
Sam Holbrook          13      3        10
Marvin Hudson          1      1         0
Dan Iassogna           6      0         6
Jim Joyce             13      2        11
Jeff Kellogg          36     11        25
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           34      7        27
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        9      1         8
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals           25      7        18
Bill Miller           24      6        18
Paul Nauert            2      0         2
Jeff Nelson           26      6        20
Brian O'Nora           8      5         3
Ed Rapuano             2      2         0
Rick Reed              2      1         1
Mike Reilly            3      2         1
Charlie Reliford       1      0         1
Jim Reynolds           7      1         6
Dale Scott            37     18        19
Tim Timmons            3      2         1
Tim Tschida           20      6        14
Larry Vanover         18      3        15
Mark Wegner            7      4         3
Bill Welke            11      3         8
Tim Welke             30      8        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     1      0         1
Joe West              40     11        29
Mike Winters          45     10        35

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 33      8        25
Arlington: Globe LIfe Park             22      8        14
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Atlanta: SunTrust Park                  3      1         2
Baltimore: Camden Yards                36     11        25
Boston: Fenway Park                    55     15        40
Chicago: Guarenteed Rate Field         14      3        11
Chicago: Wrigley Field                 14      7         7
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    42     10        32
Cleveland: Progressive Field           31      8        23
Denver: Coors Field                    19      4        15
Detroit: Comerica Park                 32     14        18
Houston: Minute Maid Park              40     10        30
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          28      4        24
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium            14      4        10
Miami: Sun Life Stadium                 6      3         3
Miami: Marlins Park                    12      6         6
Milwaukee: Miller Park                 19      9        10
Minneapolis: Metrodome                  1      0         1
Minneapolis: Target Field              36      8        28
New York: Citi Field                   36     18        18
New York: Yankee Stadium II            25      7        18
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    15      2        13
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       38     14        24
Phoenix: Chase Field                   35      8        27
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   41      8        33
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           19      7        12
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       39     11        28    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                  17      6        11
San Francisco: AT&T Park               28      7        21
San Juan: Estadio Hiram Bithorn         1      0         1
Seattle: Safeco Field                  24      4        20
Toronto: Rogers Centre                 13      2        11
Washington: Nationals Park             26      6        20

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