First home run reversal at Comerica Park

For the second time this month, the Tigers had a home run under review. Friday’s replay, however, resulted in the first reversal in Comerica Park history, giving Miguel Cabrera a game-tying solo homer in the third inning against the Brewers.

Milwaukee starter Braden Looper retired the first two batters of the inning and had an 0-1 count on Cabrera, who pounced on a slider and launched a line drive deep to left. Second-base umpire Ron Kulpa initially ruled the ball as in play as Cabrera rounded the bases. Tigers third-base coach Gene Lamont immediately started up the argument before manager Jim Leyland came out of the dugout to ask for a conference.

Only the umpiring crew can call for a review, which third-base umpire and crew chief Dale Scott did quickly following a meeting. A couple minutes after going into the bowels of the ballpark to look at the replay, they came back out with a reversal.

The ballpark hadn’t had a review at all until June 4, when then-Tiger Jeff Larish launched a ball down the right-field line that was initially ruled foul. Replays confirmed the ruling.

“Umpires are amazing,” Leyland said after that decision. “I must have seen 10 replays before I was sure they had it right, but they did.”

3 Comments

Can you believe it was followed the very next inning by the second reversal in park history.

The difference being from a home run to a double.It could all be moot if the rain causes the game to be cancelled before its official

oh man i can’t believe the tigers extended leyland for two years. i just came home from a particularly annoying day of work and find THIS out?!?! UGH!!
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why??!?!?!?!
Why?!?
WHY!!!!!!!!!
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i was hoping he’d be fired LAST year. now he gets TWO more of inept managing. fantastic.
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matt millen part 2.
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UGH! …mike….(under protest)

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