Baseball: Reds-Marlins call right, took too long

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Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart (2) protests to homeplate umpire Mike Winters, right, as he scores the game tying run 1-1 on a sacrifice fly by Todd Frazier against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The Cincinnati Reds benefited from Major League Baseball's new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate in a 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. The Reds won 3-1. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Cincinnati Reds’ Zack Cozart (2) protests to homeplate umpire Mike Winters, right, as he scores the game tying run 1-1 on a sacrifice fly by Todd Frazier against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The Cincinnati Reds benefited from Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate in a 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. The Reds won 3-1. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says it got the replay call right in ruling that the Miami Marlins catcher blocked the plate, but it took too long.

The disputed play happened Thursday night in the Cincinnati Reds’ 3-1 victory over Miami. The score was 1-1 in the top of the eighth.

Initially, the plate umpire called Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart out. The 6-minute, 10-second review using the instant replay system over-ruled the call and extended the inning. Ryan Ludwick delivered a two-run single to help the Reds win.

MLB said the catcher “did not provide a lane to the runner and hindered his path to the plate without possession of the ball.”

The statement added that the “exorbitant length” of the review was more than three times the season average and “must be avoided in the future.”

 

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