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ALCS Umps Should Have Reviewed Cano's HR

Robinson Cano's second inning home run in Game 4 of the ALCS was probably a home run. Probably.

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Three stooges in New York were summoning up Jeffrey Maier's spirit on Tuesday night, reaching over the right field fence and preventing Nelson Cruz's glove from being outstretched beyond the right field fence. Cano's ball left the yard fairly but Cruz was almost certainly interfered with by the fans who clearly reached over the wall and into the field of play.

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Major League Baseball has a replay system for three things.

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  1. To determine if a home run was fair or foul
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  3. To determine if a ball actually left the playing field
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  5. To determine if a fan interfered with the play
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Cano probably would have been awarded a home run following the replay but the fact that the play wasn't reviewed is comical. Making a bad call on a 98 MPH heater or a curveball that drops about 4 feet is one thing. Making a judgment call not to review an obvious controversial play with time to rationally think about it is another.
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Just add it to the long list of umpiring gaffes this October.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.