The MLB has admitted that the umpiring crew blew a home run call during the ninth inning of the A’s and Indians game on Wednesday night.
Down 4-3, Adam Rosales stepped up and hit what appeared to be a game-tying home run, as it hit the yellow line that signifies the ball left the yard. However, the umpires ruled it in-play, and upon further review, did not overturn the call despite evidence suggesting otherwise.
Joe Torre, MLB Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, released a statement today concerning the call:
By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief. In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night’s crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field. It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.
Home and away broadcast feeds are available for all uses of instant replay, and they were available to the crew last night. Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made. Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right. Earlier this morning, we began the process of speaking with the crew to thoroughly review all the circumstances surrounding last night’s decision.
Although the league recognized the mistake, they noted that nothing can be done about it. The A’s were unable to protest the game because the call was already under review.
The A’s went on to lose 4-3, even though they should have been playing the bottom of the ninth inning.