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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 (73 times, 24 changed, 49 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.

05/25 MIA @ PIT
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Pedro Alvarez' fly to CF landed in the first row of seats and was caught by a fan who might have reached over the fence. The play was ruled a home run but crew chief Joe West requested a review, which upheld the call.

05/31 TBA @ BAL
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Manny Machado's fly to RF struck the metal railing at the top of the wall in RF and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Larry Vanover requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/02 PIT @ SFN
In the bottom of the third, Brandon Crawford's fly to LF was touched by a fan at the top of the wall. The ball was called a home run but crew chief Bill Miller requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

06/06 SDN @ CIN
In the top of the seventh, Yonder Alonso's fly to RF landed in the front row. Reds manager Bryan Price questioned whether a fan reached over the top of the wall to catch the ball. Crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/09 PHI @ CIN
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Joey Votto's fly to left center was touched by a fan at the top of the wall. The play was ruled a home run but crew chief Brian Gorman requested a review. The call was upheld by replay saying no fan interference.

06/12 COL @ MIA
In the bottom of the fourth, Marcell Ozuna's fly down the LF line was ruled a home run. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review and the call was overturned by replay to a foul ball.

06/13 LAN @ SDN
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Justin Upton's fly to CF was caught by a fan just over the wall. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which upheld the call as no fan interference.

06/13 MIN @ TEX
In the top of the ninth, Eduardo Nunez' fly to RF hit the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Hunter Wendelstedt requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/13 NYA @ BAL
In the bottom of the seventh, David Lough's fly to RF struck on the ledge at the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. Lough reached 3B. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

06/16 COL @ HOU

06/20 BAL @ TOR
In the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, Dioner Navarro's fly ball down the RF line was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Jim Joyce requested a review, which upheld the call. Navarro struck out on the next pitch.

06/20 TEX @ CHA
In the top of the seventh, Leonys Martin's fly down the RF line was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/27 COL @ SFN
In the bottom of the third inning,Buster Posey's fly to CF hit near the top of the wall. A fan reached out over the wall and Posey reached 2B on a ball ruled in play. Acting crew chief Greg Gibson requested a review, which overturned the call to a fan interference. The result of the play did not change.

06/28 CIN @ NYN
The first batter of the game, Brandon Phillips, hit a fly to LF that struck the railing over the top of the wall and was ruled in play. Crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review and the call was overturned by replay to a home run. Philips was the first batter faced in the majors by Steven Matz.

06/28 WAS @ PHI, Game 2
In the top of the first, Clint Robinson's fly to RF was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which upheld the call.

06/29 LAN @ ARI
In the bottom of the sixth, Yasmany Tomas' fly to LF was touched by a fan who reached over the top of the wall. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Mike Winters requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

06/29 TEX @ BAL
In the top of the second, Mitch Moreland's fly to RF hit the screen above the wall and was called in play. Moreland was thrown out at 2B. Crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

06/30 PIT @ DET
In the bottom of the fifth, James McCann's fly to RF was touched by a fan who reached over the railing on top of the wall. The ball was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Greg Gibson requested a review, which overturned the call to a fan interference. The result of the play did not change.

07/02 PIT @ DET
In the bottom of the eighth inning, J.D. Martinez' fly to right-center was caught by a fan in the first row and was ruled a home run. Acting crew chief Greg Gibson requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/03 SFN @ WAS
In the bottom of the third, Gio Gonzalez' fly down the LF line was ruled foul. Crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/07 BAL @ MIN
In the top of the eighth, Adam Jones' fly to CF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play and the umpires huddled. Crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

07/09 DET @ MIN
In the top of the eighth, Ian Kinsler's fly to LF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. Kinsler reached 2B. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/11 ARI @ NYN
In the bottom of the fifth inning, pitcher Matt Harvey's fly to LF was caught by a fan who reached over the rail but was above the top of the wall. Crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/11 MIL @ LAN
In the top of the third, Ryan Braun's fly to LF struck near the top of the wall and caromed off Andre Ethier into the seats. The ball was ruled in play and each runner awarded two bases. Crew chief Joe West requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/11 PHI @ SFN
In the top of the sixth, Ryan Howard's fly to RF hit the green roof at the top of the wall. The ball was ruled a home run but crew chief Dana DeMuth requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

07/12 ARI @ NYN
In the bottom of the second, Kirk Nieuwenhuis' fly to LF struck the retaining wall above the orange line and was ruled a homer. Crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review, which upheld the call.

07/12 OAK @ CLE
In the top of the first, Stephen Vogt's fly to RF was over the top of the wall but was caught by David Murphy. The play was ruled a catch but crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

07/20 PIT @ KCA
In the top of the second, Travis Ishikawa's fly to LF struck near the top of the wall. Crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review, which upheld the call of ball in play.

07/21 CHN @ CIN
In the top of the sixth inning, Chris Coghlan's fly to LF was touched by a fan who reached over the top of the wall. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

07/21 PIT @ KCA
In the top of the second, Starling Marte's fly to LF struck on the top of the wall and caromed off the railing into the bullpen. It was ruled a home run. Crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review, which overturned the call to a double.

07/23 BOS @ HOU
In the bottom of the ninth of a tied game, Jose Altuve's fly to LF was touched by a fan in the front row. The ball was called a home run. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which confirmed the call of home run, thus ending the game.

07/28 ATL @ BAL
In the top of the first, Freddie Freeman's fly to CF struck the metal fence behind the padding and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Angel Hernandez requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

07/28 DET @ TBA
In the top of the second inning, J.D. Martinez' fly to CF landed on the warning track but looked like it hit one of the rings in the roof. Martinez reached 3B on the play. Acting crew chief Paul Nauert requested a review, which upheld the call of ball in play.

08/01 COL @ SLN
The first batter of the game, Charlie Blackmon, hit a fly to CF that struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play but acting crew chief Paul Nauert requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

08/02 PIT @ CIN
In the top of the fourth, Neil Walker's fly to right-center caromed off the railing above the fence back onto the field. A fan tried to catch the ball but missed. The ball was ruled in play and Walker reached 3B. Crew chief Joe West requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

08/02 WAS @ NYN
In the top of the first inning, Anthony Rendon's fly to CF struck the black wall above the fence and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play and Rendon reached 2B. Crew chief Jerry Meals requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

08/07 TOR @ NYA
In the bottom of the second, Mark Teixeira's fly to LF was touched by a fan over the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

08/07 SLN @ MIL
In the top of the seventh inning, Matt Carpenter's fly to CF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

08/09 LAN @ PIT
In the bottom of the sixth, Neil Walker's fly to CF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. Acting crew chief Mark Carlson requested a review which upheld the call.

08/09 BAL @ ANA

08/11 ATL @ TBA
In the bottom of the first inning, John Jaso's fly over the RF pole was called a foul ball. Crew chief Gary Cederstrom requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

08/13 MIL @ CHN
In the bottom of the fifth, Dexter Fowler's fly ball to RF struck the wall behind the basket and caromed back onto the field. It was ruled in play and Fowler reached 2B with an RBI. Acting crew chief Mark Carlson requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

08/15 NYA @ TOR
In the top of the sixth inning, Greg Bird's fly to RF was ruled a foul ball. Acting crew chief Paul Emmel requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

08/16 CLE @ MIN
In the bottom of the eighth, Eddie Rosario's fly to RF struck the top of the wall can caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Greg Gibson requested a review, which upheld the call.

08/16 WAS @ SFN
In the bottom of the fourth, Brandon Crawford's fly to RF struck the top of the wall and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled in play but crew chief Jeff Nelson requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

08/17 MIN @ NYA
In the top of the sixth, Brian Dozier's fly down the LF line was ruled a foul ball. Crew chief Ted Barrett requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

08/17 ARI @ PIT
In the top of the fourth, Jake Lamb's fly to CF landed in the first row and was ruled a home run. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

08/18 CLE @ BOS
In the bottom of the first, David Ortiz' fly to RF struck the top of the wall a few feet inside the RF pole. The ball was ruled in play. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which upheld the call by replay.

08/18 DET @ CHN
In the top of the first, Miguel Cabrera's fly to LF was caught by a fan who reached over the top of the basket. The ball was ruled a home run, giving the Tigers back-to-back four-baggers. Crew chief Gerry Davis requested a review, which overturned the call to fan interference and Cabrera was given a double.

08/22 ATL @ CHN
In the bottom of the sixth, Addison Russell's fly to CF was touched by a fan who reached over the top of the basket. The ball was called a home run. Crew chief Bill Miller requested a review, which upheld the call.

08/23 ARI @ CIN
In the top of the fourth, Welington Castillo's fly to LF was touched by a fan in the first row. The ball caromed back onto the field and was ruled in play. Crew chief Mike Winters requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

08/23 LAN @ HOU
In the bottom of the tenth, Jason Castro's fly to LF was touched by a fan in the front row. The ball fell onto the field. Crew chief John Hirschbeck requested a review, which upheld the call of home run.

08/28 HOU @ MIN
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Kurt Suzuki's fly to LF was ruled foul but crew chief Bill Miller requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

08/28 KCA @ TBA
In the top of the third, Kendrys Morales' fly to CF struck a catwalk and caromed back onto the field. The ball was ruled a home run. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg requested a review, which upheld the call.

08/31 ARI @ COL
In the bottom of the ninth, Nolan Arenado's fly to LF struck the yellow line at the top of the fence and was ruled in play. Acting crew chief Mike Everitt requested a review, which upheld the call.

09/01 ANA @ OAK
In the bottom of the second inning, Jake Smolinski fly to LF was ruled foul but crew chief Jim Joyce requested a review. The call was upheld by replay.

09/01 ARI @ COL
In the top of the second in game 1 of the day, Jarrod Saltalamacchia's fly to LF was ruled a foul ball. Acting crew chief Mike Everitt requested a review, which overturned the call to a home run.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            102     31        72
Fan Interference      85     17        68    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       352    125       227

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           10      0        10
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           3      1         2
Gary Cederstrom       33     13        20    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            1      0         1
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      16      5        11
Kerwin Danley          1      1         0
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           32     13        19
Dana DeMuth           27     10        17
Laz Diaz               1      0         1
Paul Emmel             3      1         2
Mike Everitt           4      2         2
Greg Gibson            6      3         3
Brian Gorman          25      9        16
Tom Hallion           19      7        12
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       20      4        16
Sam Holbrook           1      0         1
Jim Joyce             10      2         8
Jeff Kellogg          27      8        19
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           24      6        18
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        1      0         1
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals           12      4         8
Bill Miller            9      1         8
Paul Nauert            2      0         2
Jeff Nelson           11      3         8
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          8      2         6
Mark Wegner            2      1         1
Tim Welke             30      8        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     1      0         1
Joe West              33      9        24
Mike Winters          29      6        23

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 20      4        16
Arlington: Rangers Ballpark            14      5         9
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Baltimore: Camden Yards                25     10        15
Boston: Fenway Park                    33     10        23
Chicago: U.S. Cellular Field           12      2        10
Chicago: Wrigley Field                  9      6         3
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    27      7        20
Cleveland: Progressive Field           21      5        16
Denver: Coors Field                    11      3         8
Detroit: Comerica Park                 22     11        11
Houston: Minute Maid Park              29      8        21
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          17      3        14
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium             5      0         5
Miami: Sun Life Stadium                 6      3         3
Miami: Marlins Park                     9      6         3
Milwaukee: Miller Park                 13      8         5
Minneapolis: Metrodome                  1      0         1
Minneapolis: Target Field              23      7        16
New York: Citi Field                   28     15        13
New York: Yankee Stadium II            18      5        13
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    11      2         9
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       22     10        12
Phoenix: Chase Field                   19      3        16
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   26      7        19
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           12      4         8
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       25      7        18    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                   9      2         7
San Francisco: AT&T Park               17      5        12
Seattle: Safeco Field                  17      4        13
Toronto: Rogers Centre                  9      2         7
Washington: Nationals Park             18      3        15

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