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August 7, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 7, 2014

by Chris Mosch


The Wednesday Takeaway
Major League Baseball’s first season of expanded replay has had its growing pains, with controversy stemming from the transfer rule early in the season and, more recently, catchers being required to allow baserunners a clear lane to home plate. It’s natural for the system to be imperfect in the first year of implementation, but all in all, it’s fair to say that the first year of expanded replay has been a success.

With nearly every close play drawing a manager out to the field to make small talk with umpires while awaiting confirmation from a bench coach about whether to challenge, a time without instant replay may seem somewhat foreign over four months into the season. However, having instant replay at a team’s disposal is something the Padres can appreciate even more after Wednesday’s game against the Twins.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Brian Dozier collected Minnesota’s first hit of the game with a single to right off Odrisamer Despaigne. Next up was Trevor Plouffe, and on Despaigne’s second pitch, Dozier took off for second base. Yasmani Grandal fired down and base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ruled Dozier safe on a bang-bang play.

San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko immediately looked in to his dugout and Bud Black came jogging out to talk to the umpires and stall enough for bench coach Dave Roberts to get word from the video personnel in the clubhouse. Roberts never got that word, however, because—according to Minnesota’s broadcast booth the next inning—the equipment in San Diego’s clubhouse wasn’t working. If their replay system had been functional, they would have seen that Dozier was clearly out at second base.

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