Major League Baseball’s review system has seen its share of good and bad during its first year in existence this season. Thursday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics broke new ground, though, with the Toronto Blue Jays using the replay system to get one of their players called out–which in turn gave Toronto a run.
With the bases loaded and one out, Anthony Gose hit a groundball to first baseman Nate Freiman. It looked like Freiman tagged Munenori Kawasaki on his way to second. Freiman then threw home where catcher Stephen Vogt stepped on home plate thinking there was a force play there to get Edwin Encarnacion. It was ruled that Kawasaki had avoided the tag and was safe.
Toronto manager John Gibbons began to argue that Kawasaki should have been out which would allow Encarnacion to score since he wasn’t tagged. After a long delay, it was ruled Kawasaki was indeed out and Encarnacion was safe at home without a tag. Oakland played the reminder of the game under protest. It’s just another loophole that MLB is going to need to work on fixing, because this kind of play is sure to happen again.