Jays Manager John Gibbons Gives Us the MLB’s First Replay Challenge (Video)
During the off-season, Major League Baseball instituted new rules and technology that would allow managers to challenge an expanded number of calls on the field through the use of video replay. This new rule made it’s debut today, and during a Grapefruit League battle between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins, Jays manager John Gibbons became the first Major League manager to challenge a ruling on the field.
The challenge from Gibbons came after Twins right fielder Chris Rahl was called safe at first on a ground ball to Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki, whose high throw appeared to pull first baseman Jared Goedert off the bag. Gibbons wasn’t so sure, however, so he decided to be the first to test the new system.
In the end, the players and fans would have to wait a total of 2 minutes, 34 seconds before finding out that the initial ruling by first base umpire Fieldin Culbreth was correct (that Rahl was safe), but at least everyone involved seemed to get a kick out of it.
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