The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team to test out Major League Baseball’s new expanded replay system Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons used his challenge in the sixth inning after Minnesota Twins right fielder Chris Rahl was ruled safe on a close call at first base. Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki’s throw appeared to beat Rahl, but umpires ruled that the high toss pulled Jared Goedert off the bag.
Gibbons immediately popped out of the dugout and told first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth he’d like to challenge the play. Culbreth headed to the Toronto dugout to don a headset, and after a wait of 2 minutes and 34 seconds, Culbreth and fellow umpire Brian O’Nora, who was watching replays from a satellite truck outside Hammond Stadium, ruled Rahl safe.
Minutes later in Tempe, Ariz., Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia had a caught-stealing call reviewed during Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Again, the ruling on the field stood.