Ballgames That Begged for Instant Replay

Baseball history might be different if these games had come under review
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 5:45 PM CDT
Executive vice president of baseball operations Jimmie Lee Solomon explains some aspects of the new instant replay capabilities to the media at in New York yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With instant replay now available to Major League Baseball umpires (at least for some calls), USA Today looks at some famous games where it might have come in handy:

  • Oct. 1, 2007, tiebreaker for National League wild card: Padres’ catcher Michael Barrett maintains that the Rockies’ Matt Holliday didn’t actually touch the plate while scoring the winning run, but the umpire disagreed.

  • Oct. 9, 1996, American League Championship Game 1: 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier clearly deflects Derek Jeter’s fly ball into the stands; umps call it a home run, and Yankees go on to beat Baltimore in the game and series.
  • Oct. 26, 1985, World Series, Game 6: Umpire Don Denkinger calls Kansas City's Jorge Orta safe on an infield grounder leading off the bottom of the ninth; Orta was easily out, and the Royals forced a Game 7, which they won.