Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond, right, argues with home plate umpire Mike Winters. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

UPDATE: The review stands, and so does the final score. See full statement from the MLB below.


There’s no doubt that the introduction of instant replay this year changed the dynamics of Major League Baseball. While some might argue the ability to go back and examine a play to correct a call has made the game more fair, others might say it’s made the game more contentious. After all, it was an instant replay review that made Miami Marlins Manager Mike Redmond get a bit ragey with home-plate umpire Mike Winters during Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

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What happened was the Reds had the bases loaded at the top of the eighth inning with one out. The Marlins led 1-0. But then Todd Frazier hit a pop fly to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who threw it to home plate, where catcher Jeff Mathis tagged Zack Cozart out. Or at least that’s how it was initially called.

After a whopping 6-minute, 10-second instant replay review, however, the call was reversed. Now officials maintained Mathis was blocking the base (a violation of Rule 7.13)., as Cozart, now declared safe, ran in. This tied the score.. Redmond was not having any of it, but neither was the umpire. Redmond’s tantrum got him ejected from the game, which the Reds went on to win, 3-1.

Here’s the play:

Redmond did not take the loss well. In a postgame news conference, Redmond said (via the Associated Press):

“As a former catcher in this league for 13 seasons, as a grinder, as a guy who loves this game and respects this game so much, this game has been a part of my life forever, but to lose a ballgame tonight on that play is a joke, it’s an absolute joke. I don’t think anybody who plays this game should feel good about winning that game and I would say that if it had been reversed. That guy was out by 15 feet.

I don’t blame [umpire] Mike Winters. He was on it. He knew the call on the field was right and he told me that when I was out there. As a manager you sit there and look your players in the face and my job is to pump these guys up and to keep these guys going every single day … to look them in the face and say we just lost a game on a technicality is bull-[expletive], absolute bull-[expletive].”

Redmond and the Marlins might get some redemption, however. After the game, the Marlins tweeted out that the MLB has agreed to review the review and make a final call about what really happened today.

As to how this will change the stats going forward in the reversed call is reversed again is unclear. If the Cozart is ultimately declared out, it presumably would also negate the second run the Reds scored in the eighth inning that put them up, 3-1.