Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MLB Instant Replays 054, 055: Gibson, Carapazza (02, 02)

Instant Replay Review upheld 2B Umpire Greg Gibson and confirmed HP Umpire Vic Carapazza's safe calls in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Athletics-Twins game. With one out and three on, Twins batter Eduardo Escobar hit a 1-2 curveball from Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson in the air to left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who threw to third baseman Trevor Plouffe as Twins baserunner R2 Kurt Suzuki arrived at third base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Athletics Manager Bob Melvin, Gibson's ruling that Plouffe did not catch and tag third base prior to Suzuki's arrival was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Athletics were leading, 4-3.

During the very next at-bat, Athletics batter Brian Dozier hit a 1-0 sinker from Athletics pitcher Dan Otero in the air to right fielder Josh Reddick, who threw to catcher Derek Norris as Twins baserunner R3 Suzuki arrived at home plate. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a request by Athletics Manager Bob Melvin and initiation by Crew Chief Miller, Carapazza's ruling that Norris did not tag Suzuki prior to Suzuki's hand touching home plate was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 4-4. The Athletics ultimately won the contest, 7-4, in 11 innings.

This is Greg Gibson (53)'s second Instant Replay Review of 2014.
This is Vic Carapazza (19)'s second Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Greg Gibson is now 1/2 (.500 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during 2014.
Vic Carapazza is now 2/2 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during 2014.
Crew Chief Bill Miller's crew is now 3/3 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during 2014.

These are the 54th and 55th Instant Replay Reviews of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Athletics Manager Bob Melvin is now 0/6 (.000 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 37/55 (.673 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins, 4/9/14
Video: Play stands; Threatening in the 9th, Minnesota keeps its runner at third on Miller's call (MIN)
Video: Play stands; Minnesota ties the game on replayed play at the plate which is confirmed (MIN)

7 comments :

Gil Imber said...

Anyone else deriving a perverse pleasure from the consternation of the announcers whose team has not been bitten by this new interpretation? "He's got the ball in his glove, takes 4 steps, that's gotta be a catch." You poor fools... :)

Gil Imber said...

Agreed! The announcers have been caught totally off guard by this new interpretation.

Gil Imber said...

LOL.... Announcers have very rarely ever had a clue about rules like this regardless.

Gil Imber said...

Screw the interpretation. They said that "he took 4 steps..." This is not part of the new interpretation. 4 steps was NEVER an interpretation. These announcers fell into the "baseball myths" section. Whether the interpretation changed or stayed the same, they still would have been wrong. But I agree that everyone has been taken off guard with the new interpretation. Even us on this site were left wondering. I didn't hear anything about a new interpretation during the off season. Curious to me...

Gil Imber said...

By the looks of things Jordan Baker is 3 and a half feet taller then Jerry Meals!

Gil Imber said...

tmac, I almost always agree with you and for the most part on these replays I have, but I actually think Gordon was out on this play. One of the broadcast feeds had a close up replay where it looked like F5's glove tagged Gordon's hand while it was still in the air. It certainly wasn't conclusive either way. I am OK with this call standing.

Gil Imber said...

Just like Pineda couldn't directly admit to having pine tar on his hand, Palermo couldn't directly comment on this call. But apparently we know of at least one proponent for the new interpretation of voluntary release...

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