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Expanded Instant Replay used for the first time in a regular season game

Mar 31, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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The brave new world of baseball’s expanded replay is now a reality, and the first challenge has been issued. It happened in today’s Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game when  Cubs manager Rick Renteria asked umpires review an umpire’ call that had Jeff Samardzija out at first base in the fifth inning. The call on the field was confirmed after a 2-minute delay.

A short time later the system was used to overturn a call on the field for the first time ever when Freddy Gonzalez challenged a safe call on a Ryan Braun grounder to third base in the bottom of the sixth of the Braves game against the Brewers. On reply it was shown that the throw to first beat Braun and the call was overturned. That challenge took only 58 seconds

Even though the system was used multiple times during spring training, you have to figure that managers are going to want to ease into using it. These plays? Not that big a deal. But managers likely want to be familiar with it for when a game could turn on a close play.

  1. stabonerichard - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Two bang-bang plays at 1B… out of which, the umps had a 50% accuracy rate. Both replays took a combined 3 minutes to review, and the result was the correct call in each instance.

    So far so good.

  2. stabonerichard - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Plus, Johnny Cueto’s dreads are really getting long.

  3. rbj1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Actually Craig, in the first instance it was originally a safe call that got overturned. Which is why it was the Pirates manager who went out to ask for a replay.

    • rbj1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      OK, apparently there were two replays in the Cubs Pirates game and I only saw the second one. Because I had to be at stupid work.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Someone is making you work on a national holiday? Shameful. Whoever it is, I’m boycotting all their products.

      • rbj1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Thanks, but I work in higher education.

  4. dondada10 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Matt Williams just challenged a play up four in the top of the 10th. I’m trying to decide if it’s bush league or not.

    It should be noted that it was the end of the inning and the manager only has 10 seconds to “pop out” and 30 to challenge in that scenario.

    • deep64blue - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      It’s the 10th inning, pretty important even with a 4 run lead …

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        Deep, you are crazy and so is your whole family. No team has ever come back in a game when they trailed by 4 runs. What? Really? Never mind.

  5. kcroyal - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Oh man. It’s like the moon landing or JFK, or when we found flight 370. We can all tell our grandchildren where we were when history happend.

  6. syphermce - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Hating this new expanded replay already. Just play the game and if the umpire makes a mistake, that’s part of baseball. Keep the human error element part of the game.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Keep the human error element part of the game.

      The human part of the game is always there, it’s called let the players decide the game. The umps job is to get the calls right. It’s absurd that in this day and age almost every single person in the ballpark would have access to high def instant replay and the sport wouldn’t let the umpires use it.

    • stabonerichard - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Concise opinion, but I think you’ll find the majority of fans prefer the outcome of games to be decided between the lines, with as little inaccurate intervention from umps as possible, even to the potential detriment to pace. In other words, a 3-hour game whose outcome was mired by a (potentially) bad call vs. a 3-hour, 5 minute game where fans feel more confident the outcome was decided by the players. The latter is gonna win out.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        No Richard, studies have shown that fans find bogus results much more satisfying than legitimate results. For example, Tigers fans were uniformly delighted when Galarraga lost his perfect game in 2010. The correct call that day would have ruined the whole experience for everyone.

      • grumpyoleman - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Galarraga gets talked about more because of the blown call then he would have for the perfect game. I’m a Tiger fan and pretty sure my life hasn’t been effected at all by the blown call. I still woke up the next day and life has continued on as expected since then. The human element created a conversation piece that will be discussed for many years, where if he had gotten the perfect game it would get very little mention.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      part of me agrees with you. life ain’t fair and neither is baseball. that’s part of the beauty of baseball. still, we are or should be always working to make life more fair, so why not the same for baseball.

  7. musketmaniac - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    The game continues to grow. Human beings are not accurate enough, and are corruptible. Now how do we get rid of that home plate umpire.

  8. uwsptke - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I agree that it’s the umps’ responsibility to get the calls right, and that’s why the challenge system is stupid. It’s not the coach’s responsibility. Just review the play and buzz down if they need to review something.

    • stabonerichard - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Baby steps.

  9. musketmaniac - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    when a game ends in controversy the only ones supporting `part of the game` are the winners.

  10. realgone2 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    Still don’t like it. So there.

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