With Major League Baseball announcing an expansion to the instant replay beginning in 2014 I couldn’t help recall the Rays role in the roll out of the original instant replay system back in 20o8.
Instant replay was first introduced by Major League Baseball on August 28, 2008 and it did not take long for a home run call to be questioned and the first occurrence happened right here at Tropicana Field.
On September 3, 2008 Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees sent a towering drive to left field off former Rays reliever Troy Percival. The play was reviewed and upheld forever being included as part of baseball history.
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The Rays would also take part in the first reversal made by instant replay. On September 19, 2008 Carlos Pena hit a ball that just cleared the fence in right field and was originally rules as fan interference and Pena was awarded a double. Joe Maddon came out and argued that the play should be reviewed. After a few minutes the umpires emerged from reviewing the video and reversed the call to a home run.
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