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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 (55 times, 14 changed, 41 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.

4/16 BOS @ NYA
Right fielder Aaron Judge leaped to try to catch a fly hit by Xander Bogaerts in the top of the fourth, but the ball eluded him, hit the top of the wall, and bounced back into the field. Bogaerts reached second, and the play was ruled to be a double, which was confirmed by the replay requested by crew chief Gary Cederstrom.

4/17 CLE @ SEA
Ryon Healy's liner down the left field line curved just to the left of the pole below the screen that extends into fair territory. It was called a home run, but the review initiated by crew chief Mike Winters reversed it to a foul ball.

4/18 CIN @ SDN
In the top of the fifth, Tucker Barnhart's drive to right hit the wall behind the top of the fence and bounced back into the field. It was called a homer, which was confirmed by the replay ordered by crew chief Mike Everitt.

4/19 HOU @ TEX
George Springer's liner down the right field line in the top of the fifth hit on the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. He reached second, and the call was a double, which was upheld by the review called for by crew chief Mark Wegner.

4/19 NYN @ SLN
In the bottom of the sixth, Lane Thomas, pinch hitting, hit a fly to right that hit the top of the wall and then bounced against the advertising sign behind the wall and back into the field. He reached third, and the call was in play for a triple. However, the replay review ordered by crew chief Paul Emmel overturned the call to a home run, the first for Thomas in his first major league at bat.

4/20 KCA @ NYA
As Alex Gordon leaped to try to catch a fly to left in the bottom of the third by Gleyber Torres, a fan reached out and deflected the ball into the field. It was ruled a three-run homer, but the review called for by crew chief Jerry Meals changed to the call to out due to fan interference. Yankee manager Aaron Boone came out to argue the call, which resulted in his automatic ejection.

4/20 BOS @ TBA
Andrew Benintendi's drive to left center in the top of the second cleared the wall as it was being caught by a fan. The call was a grand slam, the first of his career, which was upheld by the review ordered by crew chief Mike Winters.

4/20 SEA @ ANA
Mitch Haniger, the first batter of the game, hit a high fly down the left field line that carried into the stands well into fair territory. Crew chief Dana DeMuth asked for a replay, which upheld the call of a home run.

4/21 CIN @ SDN
In the bottom of the third, Wil Myers hit a fly to left that Matt Kemp leaped to try to catch. The ball hit off his glove in front of a fan who was reaching for the ball but did not touch it or Kemp. The ball went into the field, and the call was a two-run double, which was upheld upon the review called for by crew chief Mike Everitt.

4/23 TEX @ OAK
Matt Chapman's high fly down the left field line in the bottom of the first passed to the right of the pole. It was called a homer, and the replay requested by crew chief Joe West upheld the call.

4/24 WAS @ COL
A fly to left center hit by David Dahl in the bottom of the sixth hit the yellow padding at the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. He reached second, and it was called a homer, which would have been his first. However, the review ordered by crew chief Jerry Layne overturned the call to a double.

4/24 MIA @ CLE
In the top of the eighth, Martin Prado's fly to left hit the railing just above the yellow line at the top of the wall and then bounced back into the field. It was ruled a home run, which was confirmed by the replay called for by crew chief Bill Miller.

4/26 DET @ CHA
Jose Abreu's fly to left center in the bottom of the seventh just cleared the fence. Thinking it may be caught Tim Anderson retreated to first base to tag up, but Abreu, rounding first, passed him by a small margin. The call of a three-run homer was reversed to a two-run single by the review called for by crew chief Jeff Nelson.

4/27 CLE @ HOU
Leonys Martin, the first batter of the game, hit a drive down the right field line that was called a homer. However, the replay requested by crew chief Jeff Kellog showed the ball curved just to the right of the pole and overturned the call to a foul ball.

4/28 MIL @ NYN
As Ryan Braun leaped to try to catch Pete Alonso's fly to left in bottom of the first, a fan spilled beer on Braun. The ball went just above Braun's glove and hit the orange line at the top of the wall and came back into the field. Alonso reached third for the first triple of his career, which was confirmed by the review requested by crew chief Tom Hallion.

4/28 OAK @ TOR
In the bottom of the eleventh, Rowdy Tellez's fly to left hit the top of the fence and bounced back into the field. He reached second and it was called a double, which confirmed by the review order by crew chief Larry Vanover.

5/3 LAN @ SDN
Wil Myers jumped to try to catch Austin Barnes fly to left center in the top of the center. The ball carried above his glove as he reached into the stands and was deflected by fans trying to catch the ball. It was ruled a home run, and no fan interference was upheld upon the replay called for by crew chief Jim Reynolds.

5/5 HOU @ ANA
David Fletcher's deep drive down the left field line leading off the bottom of the first easily passed to the right of the pole. Apparently the third base umpire lost sight of the ball and called it foul. However, the review requested by crew chief Ted Barrett quickly reversed the call to a homer.

5/6 BOS @ BAL In the bottom of the first, Jonathan Villar hit a fly to left that J.D. Martinez jumped to try to catch, but a fan reached over the wall and deflected the ball away from his glove. Villar stopped at second, and the call was a homer. The replay called for by crew chief Mike Winters overturned the call to out due to fan interference.

5/8 CIN @ OAK
In the bottom of the thirteenth, Stephen Piscotty his a line drive to left center that hit on top of the scoreboard and bounced back into the field. It was ruled a game-ending homer, which was confirmed by the replay ordered by crew chief Jeff Kellogg.

5/9 SFN @ COL
Nolan Arenado's very high fly down the left field line crossed into the stands higher than the pole. It was ruled to be a foul ball, and that call was upheld by the replay review called for by Ted Barrett, the crew chief.

5/12 DET @ MIN

5/13 MIL @ PHI
Christian Yelich's drive to left in the top of the first hit the low fence above the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. He reached second and it was ruled a double, which is correct since the ball must go over that fence to be a homer. The replay ordered by crew chief Mike Everitt confirmed the call.

5/14 COL @ BOS

5/16 SLN @ ATL
Austin Riley's drive to right center in the bottom of the second hit the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. He reached second for a double, which was confirmed by the replay asked for by crew chief Sam Holbrook.

5/18 COL @ PHI
In the top of the seventh, Tony Wolters hit a drive down the right field line that hit the low fence above the wall just to the left of the pole and bounced back down the line. He reached third for a triple, which was confirmed by the review called for by crew chief Dana DeMuth.

5/18 SLN @ TEX
Matt Carpenter's drive to left in the top of the fifth hit the padding at the top of the wall and bounced up and back into the field. The call by crew chief Bill Miller was a home run, but the replay review overturned the call to a double that scored the runner who was on first.

5/20 NYA @ BAL
In the top of the eighth, Gleyber Torres hit a fly to left center that Dwight Smith Junior leaped to try to catch. As Smith was jumping a fan reached for the ball, which glanced off of Smith's glove and then off the fan's hands before hitting the top of the wall and bouncing back into the field. It was ruled a homer, which was confirmed when crew chief Larry Vanover requested a review.

5/21 WAS @ NYN
Pete Alonso's very high fly down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth went into the stands higher than the top of the pole. Crew chief Paul Emmel umpiring at third called it a home run, which was upheld by the replay.

5/22 MIA @ DET
JaCoby Jones fly down the left field line in the bottom of the fourth curved to the left of the pole. It was ruled to be a foul ball, which was confirmed by the review ordered by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth.

5/25 BAL @ COL
In the top of the fourth, Jonathan Villar's fly to left center was caught by a fan as it cleared the fence. The call was a home run, which was upheld by the replay requested by crew chief Gary Cederstrom.

5/27 ANA @ OAK
Matt Chapman's line drive down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh passed to the right of the pole. I was called a homer, which was confirmed by the review called for by crew chief Brian O'Nora.

5/27 ARI @ COL
In the bottom of the eleventh Ian Desmond hit a drive to right that hit on the yellow line on the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. It was ruled to be a double rather than a game-ending home run, and the call was confirmed by the replay ordered by crew chief Gerry Davis.

5/27 TEX @ SEA
Daniel Vogelbach hit a high drive down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh that passed into the stands higher than the top of the pole. It was ruled to be a homer, which was upheld upon the review requested by crew chief Sam Holbrook.

6/1 MIL @ PIT
A fan tried to catch Christian Yelich's fly to right in the top of the sixth, but was unable and the ball came back into the field. It was called a home run, which was confirmed by the replay called for by crew chief Alfonso Marquez.

6/4 BOS @ KCA
In the top of the sixth, J.D. Martinez hit a fly to right center that landed on the top of the wall, took a short bounce straight up, and roll off the wall back into the field. He reached third, and the call was a triple, which was confirmed by the review ordered by crew chief Sam Holbrook.

6/8 NYA @ CLE
Roberto Perez's fly in the bottom of the fourth to left center hit on the yellow line at the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. He reached second, and the call of a double was confirmed by the replay called for by crew chief Larry Vanover.

6/8 COL @ NYN
A high fly to left hit by Pete Alonso in the bottom of the seventh hit the advertising sign above the orange line at the top of the wall, and the ball came back into the field. It was ruled to be a homer, which was upheld after crew chief Mike Winters requested a video review.

6/9 NYA @ CLE
In the bottom of the second, Jason Kipnis hit a fly down the right field line that curved just to the right of the pole. The call of a foul ball was confirmed by the replay called for by crew chief Larry Vanover.

6/10 ARI @ PHI
A fly to left hit by Nick Williams in the bottom of the eighth hit the top of the wall and bounced back into the field. It was called a homer, but it was overturned to a double by the review ordered by crew chief Dana DeMuth. It would have been the 14th homer in the game, which set a record by having 13.

6/10 PIT @ ATL
In the back end of the fourth, Freddie Freeman hit a fly to left that Mark Reynolds leaped to try to catch, but the ball bounced off of his glove, hit the top of the fence and bounced into the stands where a fan caught it in his glove. It was ruled a home run, which was confirmed by the replay called for by crew chief Brian Gorman.

6/12 SDN @ SFN
Josh Naylor's fly to center in the top of the first hit the wall and bounced back into the field. He reached second, and the call was a double, which the replay requested by crew chief Jerry Meals confirmed.

6/13 TEX @ BOS
Hunter Pence's high fly to right in the top of the first hit the padding at the top of the low wall and bounced straight up and back into the field. He reached second, and the play was called a double, which was confirmed when crew chief Hunter Wendelstedt called for a review.

6/14 CHN @ LAN
In the top of the first, Anthony Rizzo hit a fly to right that Cody Bellinger leaped to try to catch, but the ball deflected off of his glove, hit a fan, and bounced back into the field. It was ruled in play and a double, but the replay ordered by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth overturned it to a home run.

6/19 MIL @ SDN
In the bottom of the second with runners on first and third, Manny Machado hit a drive to left center that hit at the top of the wall and caromed up and back into the field. Machado reached second and the runner on third scored, but Eric Hosmer, the runner on first, thinking it was a homer started jogging and was tagged out as he approached third for the second out of the inning. The review asked for by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth confirmed the call that the ball was in play. However, Machado was credited with only a single because the play did not advance either runner two bases, and he went to second on the throw that nailed Hosmer.

Reason Summary

Reason for Review     Total  Reversed  Upheld
Fair/Foul            209     49       160
Fan Interference     166     31       135    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Over the Fence       569    192       377
Three calls reversed due to a runner being passed on the bases.

Umpire Summary

Crew Chief            Total  Reversed  Upheld
Ted Barrett           32      6        26
Wally Bell            12      2        10
Mark Carlson           6      2         4
Gary Cederstrom       57     20        37    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
Eric Cooper            4      1         3
Derryl Cousins        14      4        10
Jerry Crawford         2      0         2
Fieldin Culbreth      43     11        32
Phil Cuzzi             3      0         3
Kerwin Danley          7      1         6
Gary Darling          13      3        10
Bob Davidson           6      1         5
Gerry Davis           47     18        31
Dana DeMuth           43     16        27
Laz Diaz               2      1         1
Paul Emmel            10      3         7
Mike Everitt          19      6        13
Greg Gibson           10      2         8
Brian Gorman          41     12        29
Tom Hallion           34      8        26
Angel Hernandez        4      2         2
John Hirschbeck       26      4        22
Sam Holbrook          17      4        15
Marvin Hudson          1      1         0
Dan Iassogna           6      2         4
Jim Joyce             13      2        11
Jeff Kellogg          39     12        27
Ron Kulpa              6      2         4
Jerry Layne           40      9        31
Alfonso Marquez       11      1        10
Randy Marsh            2      2         0
Tim McClelland        14      5         9
Jerry Meals           29      8        21
Bill Miller           31      9        22
Paul Nauert            5      0         5
Jeff Nelson           31      7        24
Brian O'Nora          11      6         5
Ed Rapuano             2      2         0
Rick Reed              2      1         1
Mike Reilly            3      2         1
Jim Reynolds           1      0         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         28      7        21
Mark Wegner           10      4         6
Bill Welke            14      4        10
Tim Welke             31      9        22
Hunter Wendelstedt     2      0         2
Joe West              45     11        34
Mike Winters          50     14        36

Ballpark Summary

Park                                   Total  Reversed  Upheld
Anaheim: Angel Stadium                 36     10        26
Arlington: Globe LIfe Park             25      9        16
Atlanta: Turner Field                   7      2         5
Atlanta: SunTrust Park                  5      1         4
Baltimore: Camden Yards                45     16        29
Boston: Fenway Park                    60     16        44
Chicago: Guaranteed Rate Field         17      6        11
Chicago: Wrigley Field                 16      9         7
Cincinnati: Great American Ballpark    51     11        40
Cleveland: Progressive Field           34      8        26
Denver: Coors Field                    25      4        21
Detroit: Comerica Park                 36     14        22
Houston: Minute Maid Park              48     14        34
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium          29      4        25
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium            16      5        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              38      9        29
New York: Citi Field                   47     23        24
New York: Yankee Stadium II            30      9        21
Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Co Stadium    21      2        19
Philadelphia: Citizens Bank Park       47     15        32
Phoenix: Chase Field                   36     10        26
Pittsburgh: PNC Park                   46     10        36
St. Louis: Busch Stadium III           21      9        12
St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field	       43     11        32    (including one in wrong situation in 2009)
San Diego: PETCO Park                  28      8        20
San Francisco: AT&T Park               30      6        24
San Juan: Estadio Hiram Bithorn         1      0         1
Seattle: Safeco Field                  27      5        22
Toronto: Rogers Centre                 14      2        12
Washington: Nationals Park             29      8        21

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