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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:

2019 (8 times, 3 changed, 5 upheld)

4/4 TEX @ ANA
In the top of the fifth, Ronald Guzman's drive down the right field line grazed the left side of the pole below the screen that extends into fair territory. Crew chief Larry Vanover, the first base umpire, ruled that it was a foul ball, but the review he ordered reversed the call to a home run.

4/6 CIN @ PIT
Joey Votto's high fly to center in the top of the eighth was caught by a fan who was reaching up after the ball had easily cleared the fence and was ruled a home run. The replay oredered by crew chief Jeff Kellogg quickly upheld the call.

4/7 OAK @ HOU
A fly by Chad Pinder in the top of the eighth to left-center hit a support wall just above the yellow line and bounced back into the field. It was called a homer, which was upheld upon the review requested by crew chief Gary Cederstrom.

4/7 SEA @ CHA
In the bottom of the third, Tim Anderson hit a drive to center that went into Mallex Smith's glove as it cleared the fence during Smith's leap. Smith could not hold the ball, and as he pulled the glove back, the ball bounced onto the field. Anderson ended up at second, but crew chief Paul Emmel apparently did not see the ball go in and out of the glove and called it a home run. However, the review he ordered reversed the call to a double.

4/7 TBA @ SFN
Leading off the game, Yandy Diaz's liner cleared the fence and bounced back into the field. It was ruled a homer, which was upheld by the review called for by crew chief Kerwin Danley.

4/9 WAS @ PHI
Juan Soto's high drive down the right field line in the top of the tenth went into the upper deck at a higher level than the top of the pole. It was called a home run, and the call was upheld after the review requested by cref chief Mark Wegner.

4/9 MIA @ CIN
Jesse Winker's fly to left in the bottom of the fourth carried into the stands where two fans attempted to catch it, but it eluded them bounced off of the yellow line at the top of the wall and back into the field. It was called a homer, which was upheld by the replay asked for by crew chief Kerwin Danley.

4/10 NYA @ HOU
In the bottom of the first, Jose Altuve hit a fly to left that hit over the yellow line and bounced off the back of the wall into the field. It was ruled in play and a double, but the review called for crew chief Larry Vanover overturned the call to a home run.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            195     46       149
Fan Interference     158     29       129    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       547    188       359
Two calls reversed due to a runner being passed on the bases.

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           30      5        25
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           6      2         4
Gary Cederstrom       55     20        35    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            4      1         3
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      40     10        30
Phil Cuzzi             3      0         3
Kerwin Danley          7      1         6
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           46     18        30
Dana DeMuth           40     15        25
Laz Diaz               2      1         1
Paul Emmel             8      2         6
Mike Everitt          16      6        10
Greg Gibson           10      2         8
Brian Gorman          40     12        28
Tom Hallion           33      8        25
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       26      4        22
Sam Holbrook          14      4        10
Marvin Hudson          1      1         0
Dan Iassogna           6      2         4
Jim Joyce             13      2        11
Jeff Kellogg          37     11        26
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           39      9        30
Alfonso Marquez       10      1         9
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Tim McClelland        14      5         9
Jerry Meals           27      7        20
Bill Miller           29      8        21
Paul Nauert            3      0         3
Jeff Nelson           30      6        24
Brian O'Nora          10      6         4
Ed Rapuano             2      2         0
Rick Reed              2      1         1
Mike Reilly            3      2         1
Charlie Reliford       1      0         1
Jim Reynolds           9      3         6
Dale Scott            37     18        19
Tim Timmons            3      2         1
Tim Tschida           20      6        14
Larry Vanover         22      7        15
Mark Wegner            9      4         5
Bill Welke            14      4        10
Tim Welke             31      9        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     1      0         1
Joe West              44     11        33
Mike Winters          46     12        34

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 34      9        25
Arlington: Globe LIfe Park             23      8        15
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Atlanta: SunTrust Park                  3      1         2
Baltimore: Camden Yards                43     15        28
Boston: Fenway Park                    57     16        41
Chicago: Guaranteed Rate Field         16      5        11
Chicago: Wrigley Field                 16      9         7
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    51     11        40
Cleveland: Progressive Field           31      8        23
Denver: Coors Field                    21      4        17
Detroit: Comerica Park                 35     14        21
Houston: Minute Maid Park              47     13        34
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          28      4        24
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium            15      4        11
Miami: Sun Life Stadium                 6      3         3
Miami: Marlins Park                    13      7         6
Milwaukee: Miller Park                 21      9        12
Minneapolis: Metrodome                  1      0         1
Minneapolis: Target Field              36      9        27
New York: Citi Field                   44     23        21
New York: Yankee Stadium II            28      8        20
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    18      2        16
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       44     14        30
Phoenix: Chase Field                   36     10        26
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   45     10        35
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           20      8        12
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       42     11        31    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                  24      8        16
San Francisco: AT&T Park               29      6        23
San Juan: Estadio Hiram Bithorn         1      0         1
Seattle: Safeco Field                  25      4        21
Toronto: Rogers Centre                 13      2        11
Washington: Nationals Park             29      8        21

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