Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park homer that wasn’t an inside-the-park homer

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Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park home run last night against the Padres, except here’s the thing: It wasn’t.

The ball actually cleared the fence just past the out-stretched glove of left fielder Seth Smith for what should have been a regular, old fashioned home run, but the umpire incorrectly believed that the ball had not cleared the wall. So no home run call was made, but Smith didn’t bother chasing after the ball because he thought it was a home run. And then Suzuki just kept running.

Here’s the MLB.com video:

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No instant replay required because it would have been a home run either way, and this way we at least got to see Suzuki’s huge smile and hear Minnesota announcer Bert Blyleven’s laughter.

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