MLB’s new replay produces first overturned call on Braun play
MILWAUKEE — The first call overturned by instant replay in Major League Baseball history occurred Monday in Milwaukee, as Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun’s infield single was changed to an out.
It took just 58 seconds for a decision to be made, as the process seemed to work smoothly. Multiple replays were shown on the scoreboard at Miller Park while crew chief Ted Barrett received word from umpires at the replay command center in New York.
Braun hit a slow roller to Braves third baseman Chris Johnson to start the bottom of the sixth inning. Johnson double clutched to make the play close, and first-base umpire Greg Gibson called Braun safe.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn’t waste much time and challenged the play almost immediately. Barrett then signaled Braun was out after removing the headset.
"I had a pretty good idea I was out," Braun said. "For all of us, we just hope they get it right, and they did get it right. Whether we’re on the good end or bad end, I think as players all we can hope for is that they’re able to get it right."
There was almost another challenge earlier in Monday’s game, as Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay lined into a double play in the bottom of the second. The play on Aramis Ramirez at second base was close, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke elected not to challenge. He was looking at the Brewers dugout while out discussing the call with second-base umpire Paul Schrieber.
"When I looked back, they said it was inconclusive," Roenicke said. "We have different signs for different things. It’s kind of weird going out there. You used to go out there and kind of argue with an umpire but now you go out there and just kind of say ‘I didn’t see it good, what do you have’ and then you’re waiting to get a signal. It’s quite different but it probably works out better this way.
"Then they overturned the one with Ryan at first base which was a good overturn. We’ll see how this thing works but it was good today."
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