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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 (4 times, 2 changed, 2 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.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul             91     28        63
Fan Interference      71     13        58    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       311    111       200

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett            9      0         9
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           1      0         1
Gary Cederstrom       31     13        18    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            1      0         1
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      12      3         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       14      2        12
Sam Holbrook           1      0         1
Jim Joyce              7      2         5
Jeff Kellogg          24      6        18
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           21      5        16
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Alfonso Marquez        1      0         1
Tim McClelland        15      5        10
Jerry Meals            7      2         5
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              29      8        21
Mike Winters          23      6        17

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 18      3        18
Arlington: Rangers Ballpark            13      5         8
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                     8      1         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                   24     13        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                   21      6        15
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           11      4         7
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       21      7        14    (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                  16      4        12
Toronto: Rogers Centre                  6      2         4
Washington: Nationals Park             15      2        13

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