MLB's first overturned call an example of video replay done right

We have an answer to the soon-to-exist trivia question about which MLB manager won the first challenge of the video-replay era — it's Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves.

Gonzalez challenged umpire Greg Gibson's call that Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was safe after a slow roller to third in the sixth inning. Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman believed Braun was out, the Braves agreed and called for the challenge.

This one was obvious. Braun was clearly out, and when MLB's umpire crew at the new $30 million replay center in New York City saw the play, they concurred. The call was overturned on the field. The review took 58 seconds.

This was everything right about video replay — it corrected an obvious wrong and it happened quickly. Some people will be happy that Ryan Braun was on the opposite side of the truth, but that's just a funny aside here. 

The replay/challenge system won't always work this easily, but in the best cases, this is what MLB's new replay system should look like.

Earlier in the day, the Chicago Cubs were the first team to lose a challenge, saying Jeff Samardzija was safe at first. That call was upheld. He was out.

The Cubs were on the wrong side of a challenge again, not too long after the Braves won theirs. This time, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was correct in assertion that Emilio Bonifacio was picked off first base, making for the second overturned call of the day.

This took a little longer to sort out — watch the video at — but Bonifacio was eventually ruled out, and rightly so. It happened in a 0-0 game in the 10th inning. 

Welcome to the brave new world of video replay in Major League Baseball. You'll be used to it soon enough.

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