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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:49
MLBThe first official use of instant replay in Major League Baseball is now in the books.

A ninth-inning home run by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went down the left field line and bounced off the catwalk at Tropicana Field. The hit off of Rays pitcher Troy Percival was immediately ruled a home run by the umpires. As reported by The AP:

Rays catcher Dioner Navarro protested, bringing manager Joe Maddon out of the dugout. After convening, the umpires left the field to review the video, a process that took 2 minutes, 15 seconds to back the onfield call.

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Umpire crew chief Charlie Reliford said Maddon asked plate umpire Greg Gibson to discuss the call with Runge.

"We all believed it was a home run, but since the technology is in place we made the decision to use the technology and go look at the replays," Reliford told a pool reporter, adding that the umpires watched the video several times.

How well did the instant replay process work? Reliford said it went "exactly like they trained us it would go," adding it was a group decision.

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