The 2016 postseason has not been a good showing for replay review in baseball. There have been a plethora of reviews pertaining to whether or not a runner came off the bag by a centimeter for a fraction of a second, which goes against the spirit of the rules in this writer’s opinion. Replay took another step back in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night as home plate umpire Angel Hernandez blew a call and then that wrong call was upheld after it was reviewed.
Here’s what happened. With Yasmani Grandal on first base and Adrian Gonzalez on second base after both drew walks off of John Lackey, Andrew Toles sent a single to right field. Jason Heyward was slow getting to the ball and then fired the ball off-line to catcher Willson Contreras. The slow-footed Gonzalez slid head-first and snuck his hand onto home plate just before Contreras could apply the tag. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez ruled Gonzalez out, but the Dodgers challenged. Replays clearly showed Gonzalez beat the tag, but Hernandez’s ruling was upheld.
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After the game, Gonzalez tweeted this:
With baseball on the national stage, it’s a bad look for officiating and replay review to perform this poorly. The whole point of replay review is to make sure incorrect calls become correct calls, but as we saw on Wednesday night, that hasn’t been the case.