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Expanded instant replay is off and running

Mar 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

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There was a little bit of history this afternoon, as MLB’s new expanded instant replay made its debut in a game between the Blue Jays and Twins.

We saw it in the bottom of the sixth inning after Twins outfielder Chris Rahl was called safe at first base when a throw from Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki pulled Jared Goedert off the bag. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged the call, which was eventually upheld. The whole process took an estimated two minutes and 34 seconds.

Check out the video below:

It should be said that this isn’t exactly how things will go during the season. In the Twins-Blue Jays game, there was a video truck outside the stadium with an umpire on duty to review calls. During the season, there will be a challenge umpire at the MLBAM office in New York.

Expanded instant replay was used again later in the very same game, but this time it was initiated by the umpires, which is allowed after the seventh inning under the new system. The original call, that Twins pinch-hitter Doug Bernier beat out a grounder for an infield hit, was also upheld. We also saw replay used this afternoon in a Cactus League game between the Angels and Diamondbacks. Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged a call after Luis Jimenez was called out at second base after a botched hit-and-run play. However, the umpire’s original call was also confirmed. Paul Hagan of MLB.com reports that the wait was around two minutes and 31 seconds.

So far, so good.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Over/Under on the first expanded replay controversy of the season?

    I say by the third week of the season

  2. paperlions - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Did the ump do a fist pump when his call was confirmed?

    • clydeserra - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      I don’t know, I am not going to watch it again. But it seems that was less “confirmed” as not clear evidence. the only question was did he come back down on the bag, The camera angle was not good enough to tell yes or no.

    • infieldhit - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Will it be like NBA free throws where everyone high-fives each other whether they make the shot or not?

      “You’ll get the next call right!”

    • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      BTW, the local news last night covered our game yesterday. After talking about Peralta’s homers, the sports guy closed with: So Pete Kozma has a little competition. lol So homery. :)

      • paperlions - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        Haha. That is fantastic.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        I totally laughed. he he

      • paperlions - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        If he could figure out how to hit just a little bit, he’d be a useful player. I am starting to think he just needs a different organization to straighten him out. He pops up way too many balls, there must be a mechanical adjustment he could make that the Cardinals just haven’t been able to figure out (or worse, that they don’t think is the underlying issue).

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Holliday should help him with that — one Oklahoman to another.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Apparently we have a “Jhan” on our team now…

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    This isn’t original, but if we say it enough… Umps should be able to call for a replay anytime.

  4. bravestomahawkchamp - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    This is a good thing. The turn around time is also an acceptable time table so far.

  5. dparker713 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    150+ seconds to review one play isn’t so far so good to me.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      What does that come out to in baseball time? An AB? NFL, NHL, and NBA replays take much longer in most cases. Having replay get the call right sure beats watching an umpire and manager jawing in a pointless display of bravado, which has no possibility of correcting the call and can take even more time than the replay. I’m in the “just get the call right” camp, and 2 1/2 minutes doesn’t seem like it’s going to kill interest by making the game longer. Yankees/Boston games probably have more time wasted than that PER HALF INNING with guys going through all of the spitting on and re-strapping batting gloves.

      • dparker713 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        Sorry, but a 5th ump actually watching the game live with all the video feeds at his disposal should be able to make a call much faster than that on average, especially since you’d get rid of the time a manager takes to challenge.

        And if you’re in the get the call right camp, then the current system is hardly what you want. This is the system you want if you’re concerned about cost and getting the worst calls overturned most of the time.

    • sportsdrenched - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Get a twitter account. Then you’ll have something to waste that 150 seconds on.

  6. icanspeel - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I’m looking forward to the first reversal call.

  7. jonmarkbarre - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    and so it begin. LOL. I h8 2 think about all the calls that been messed up over the years. god bless but selig and all who sail with it

  8. zdravit - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    This is disastrous. Keep finding ways to ruin the game. I’ll take some blown calls and like them a lot.

    • dcarroll73 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      In what possible way does this “ruin the game”? It is clearly going to take a bit less time as the umps and managers get used to the process, and so each call might take as long as a few “step out and adjust the gloves” breaks. At least this contributes to the game having the correct result. If you want to speed things up, the glove nonsense is what should be left out. Step into the box and bat. If you’ve got equipment that can’t hold up for the length of an at-bat, how about buying better stuff (some of these guys could buy the sporting goods company.) If it is really just a delaying tactic to play games with the pitcher, we don’t need it.

  9. mtr75 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I still love that the area play at second for turning double plays is not reviewable. Instead is using instant replay to correct umpire errors they’re using it to codify them. What a joke.

  10. granadafan - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    The 150 seconds is shorter than the tantrums coaches throw on the field arguing with self-riteous umps who never ever would have admitted fault or reversed a call.

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