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MLB admits they messed up on replay in Red Sox-Yankees game

Apr 12, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

dean anna play

In the bottom of the eighth inning this afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Yankees infielder Dean Anna doubled down the right field line off Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop. Red Sox manager John Farrell quickly came out to challenge the safe call at second base, but the initial call was confirmed after a video replay. The only problem is that Anna’s foot was off the bag and he should have been called out.

Check out the video below:

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, MLB did not have immediate access to the conclusive angle on the play and acknowledged that a different call should have been made. Fortunately, the mistake did not have a significant impact on the game, as Anna didn’t come around to score and the Red Sox lost 7-4. Still, it’s a little troubling that the fans at home had access to the “conclusive angle” but MLB somehow didn’t. Hopefully this was just a freak occurrence and not a sign of things to come.

  1. cur'68 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    The fans are using a cable feed with HD cameras. MLB is using two soup cans on a string and the bottom of a coke bottle.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Actually, if managers want to use the Coke bottle they have to use a challenge and then correctly call 10 coin tosses in a row while blindfolded. Otherwise, MLB just writes “safe,” “out,” “HR,” “double,” etc. on some beach balls and lets manatees select the “right” call.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        I don’t think it’s fair to put the outcome in the hands of Delmon Young.

  2. rbj1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Even the Yankees announcers called him out.

  3. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    OMG baseball has some how managed to survive after blowing a call. How can this be? Someone in the MLB replay booth needs to beaten to make sure this never ever happens again! After all the future of the game is on the line.

  4. ltpm3 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Not a surprise, MLB does not go against the Yankees…period, even when its clearly on TV for all to see!! Geez!!

    • mikhelb - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Check the play where the Yankees’ Cervelli was called out at home while Toronto’s catcher illegally (per the new rules) blocked the plate before he got the ball (blocked the plate since the ball got hit to the OF). Umpires reviewed it and decided the catcher DID NOT block the plate without the ball to force the runner to go around him breaking his path.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      They revamped the posting rules on the fly to stop the Yankees from pursuing Tanaka without taking the full hit to their tax number despite Boston and Texas openly following the same strategy with Dice-BB and Darvish, but they totally aren’t willing to overturn a baserunner being called safe. Seriously, how effing stupid are you people?

    • anxovies - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      What are your thoughts about the Grassy Knoll?

  5. American of African Descent - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Before we launch a Congressional investigation, let’s remember that—even when mistakes are made with replay—there is still a higher likelihood that the umpires get it right now then last season.

    And since there was no harm here . . .

  6. mikhelb - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    The umpires could very well have said “we judged he was pushed by the infielder and thus forced out of the base”.

    • drewzducks - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      If that was a “push” then Anna must be pretty light on his loafers.

      Now THIS is a push:

  7. 461deep - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    There was another review the other day that looked obviously wrong to me as well. Sorry I cannot remember it so please do not ask for specifics. I don’t nit pick the close ones. Point is this new replay system will not be perfect either as NYC MLB reviews will be wrong tats we shall see.
    Lackey throwing Easter Eggs galore today.

  8. metintodd - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    I am shocked that the Yankees would get a hometown NY call in Yankee Stadium. I doubt if replay review would falter if this were Kansas City we were talking about.

  9. bbk1000 - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    This is exactly what replay should not review. The guy was getting up, the play had already happened.

    Now players will just ask for time before getting up after a slide, slowing the game down a bit more.

    Just ridiculous….

  10. jbeagles23 - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Replays have no place in baseball. I’m already tired of watching managers slowly walk out to the ump to fake challenge. The challenge should be the manager leaving the dugout

    • baberuthslegs - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      The system will be tweaked of the next couple of years. That would be a good tweak.

  11. buffalo65 - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    That’s because the catcher wasn’t blocking the plate. He was behind it. He blocked the plate with his glove as he was tagging Cervelli out however.

  12. JustMeMike - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I watched the game on MLB-TV – and the broadcast I watched was the Red Sox’s feed. It took Jerry Remy, the Red Sox color man at lewast a couple of minutes BEFORE he noticed the foot come off the base as Anna stood up. It was clear the the tag was still being applied. It seemed to me that the tag never left the runner’s body.

    But you had to look carefully, and it was more readily visible in the super slo-mo mode. Okay the reviewer at the headquarters declined to call the runner out – as he clearly was. It was a mistake.We can all gripe and whine about that.

    But – what riles me up is that MLB claims they did not have immediate access. Why the f— not? How is it that we viewers at home saw the replays but the decision making Man in the chair did not have this feed on his screen. What feed did he have?

    I think that is the bigger and more important question. Baseball says the call was missed. Okay. But then they say they didn’t have the feed. That’s just lame.

    • damnyankee13 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      mike…mike…mike… he had the playboy channel, that’s why he screwed up

  13. zdravit - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    KILL REPLAYS

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