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Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes
Published On: Fri, Oct 13
Aug 25, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Sherriff (65) pitches in his Major League debut during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs won Thursdays NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a line drive single up the middle.

The next batter, Trea Turner, worked a 1-1 count against Davis, then took a cut fastball for ball two. Catcher Willson Contreras snapped a throw back to first base as Lobaton had stayed a bit too far off the bag. Lobaton awkwardly slid back into the first base bag and was initially ruled safe. The Cubs challenged, however, as Lobatons foot appeared to pop off of the first base bag for a microsecond while first baseman Anthony Rizzo still had his glove on him. The call was overturned, Lobaton was out, and the Nationals rally was over.

The ultimate ruling was correct: Lobaton, indeed, was out. Furthermore, the slow-footed Lobaton shouldnt have been straying so far from first base. He was at fault, for sure. But it feels unfair to use replay review in this manner.

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