The first year of replay being allowed in Major League Baseball has already had a few interesting cases. The Atlanta Braves were the first team to have replay used, and now their part of another interesting call involving Washington Nationals shortstop, Ian Desmond.
In the fifth inning, while hitting against the Braves’ David Hale, Desmond smacked a ball down into the left field corner. The ball became stuck in the padding in foul territory, and immediately Justin Upton held up his hands to signify that it was a dead ball.
But Desmond kept chugging around the bases, eventually touching home plate long before Upton had been able to free the ball and throw it in.
This, of course, brought Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez out from his perch to politely tell the umpires that he thought perhaps they could be in err on this particular call (at least that’s what I got out of it reading his lips).
After some debate and some technical problems in reviewing the replay, the umpiring crew finally determined that MLB Rule 7.05(f) was to be enforced.
(f) Two bases, if a fair ball bounces or is deflected into the stands outside the first or third base foul lines; or if it goes through or under a field fence, or through or under a scoreboard, or through or under shrubbery or vines on the fence; or if it sticks in such fence, scoreboard, shrubbery or vines;
Desmond had to return to second, and the first inside-the-park homer was overturned by replay.
In the end, Desmond got picked off trying to take third base, and the Braves won the game 2-1