MLB’s broken instant replay system could affect World Series participants

Oct 23, 2018

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If the Boston Red Sox go on to win their American League Championship Series and earn a berth into the MLB World Series, a lot of attention will be paid to a blown instant replay call in October 17th’s ALCS Game Four.
If you paid attention to MLB odds on bet365, the Houston Astros have been considered a favorite to make it back to the World Series all season, but what looked like a two-run homer by Jose Altuve was called an out. The two-run homer would have tied the game.
Umpire Joe West ruled that fans in the right-field front row reached over the railing, thus interfering with Mookie Betts catch attempt.
It was called an out due to fan interference, and even with the Astros appealing, replay officials ruled that the on-field call would stand because there weren’t any video angles proving that the call was definitively wrong.
Here’s a closer look at the play:
The next morning, we’re still not sure whether it was a Jose Altuve homer or interference stopping an amazing Mookie Betts catch. What do you think?

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It’s a judgment call, but Betts’ glove appears to be over the line, and according to the interference rule, no interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over the railing or fence to catch a ball. Interference should only be called when a fan reaches into the playing field side.
Many have also said that it appeared Betts’ mistimed the catch and closed his glove early, but this is only the latest example of when instant replay has gone wrong, going back to before 2014 when the MLB expanded replay. In regular season games, it might be a bit more forgivable, but in pivotal playoff games, it will be hard to overlook, especially if it hinders a team’s chance of getting to the World Series.
The ruling has also gone the other way, as well. Back in 2013, it was clear fans had reached over the railing and interfered in an ALDS game between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the seventh. Then when it should’ve been called an out, it was not. There was no replay system in place then, but even now when there is, and there are cameras set up all over stadiums, the calls are still not being made correctly.
Calls like these will continue to just be called controversial, but hopefully, it won’t take something going wrong with instant replay in the World Series for the MLB to fix the issue. Instant replay has been a touchy subject in several sports, including football, basketball, and soccer, but some leagues seem to be looking at ways to continually make it better. MLB needs to be next to follow.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. John
    October 24th, 2018 at 12:34 am #

    This is an opinion not a fact they sill lose that game with the home run!

  2. LestersLegends
    October 24th, 2018 at 7:54 am #

    I agree!

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