Fort Myers, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball’s new replay system was used for the first time in Monday’s spring training showdown between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins.
The MLB’s new replay technology allows for the review of a wide variety of calls. Replay was scheduled to be used experimentally in two Cactus League games later in the day in Arizona.
In the sixth inning, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons utilized the replay system to challenge a close play at first base.
With two outs in the sixth and a runner at second base, Twins right fielder Chris Rahl bounced what looked like a routine hopper to Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki.
Kawasaki’s throw to first was high and forced first baseman Jared Goedert to leap to catch it. Goedert came down and appeared to touch the bag at about the same time that Rahl reached first base.
First-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth signaled safe, and Gibbons immediately popped out of the dugout and informed Culbreth he wanted to challenge the call.
It took umpires two minutes and 34 seconds to review the first replay challenge. Culbreth signaled that Rahl was safe, although replays indicated he might have been out. The umpires made no announcement to the crowd at Lee County Sports Complex.
During the season, plays will be reviewed at MLB offices in New York. However, plays in this game were reviewed by a crew in a satellite truck outside the stadium.
Before the game, Gibbons said he was curious about the system but not necessarily eager to be the first manager to challenge a call.
“It’s not like I can’t wait to do it,” he said. “I’m kind of interested to see how things play out. You hope maybe you can get a play that you can try it.”