Major League Baseball has admitted that a call was missed — although instant replay was used — during the Boston Red Sox – New York Yankees game on Saturday according to a report from ESPN.com.
The play in question occurred when when Yankees’ shortstop Dean Anna slid into second in the bottom of the eighth inning. Anna let his foot come off the bag while Xander Bogaerts was applying the tag.
The umpires called Anna safe, and the play was then challenged by Red Sox manager John Farrell. There were numerous camera angles that showed Anna was clearly off the bag, but despite the overwhelming evidence, the MLB replay team upheld the call on the field.
When the game had finished, MLB official Michael Teevan admitted that the replay ruling was incorrect, because as he stated the “conclusive angle was not immediately available.” Anyone who watched the game saw that several angles showed the call to be wrong, and all were available…so, there’s that.
The call didn’t really have any bearing on the game, but it’s another example of how this new system needs to be tweaked and refined to be sure that it’s used properly.