Zelous Wheeler's must-see catch overturned despite being unreviewable

Another day, another replay first that's surrounded by confusion?

That was definitely the case at Target Field on Friday afternoon after New York Yankees third baseman Zelous Wheeler made an incredible, must-see catch while falling into the Yankees dugout, only to have it overturned by a review that never should have taken place.

The play happened in the ninth inning wiith New York holding on to a one-run lead. Sam Fuld led off for Minnesota by hitting a high popup that took Wheeler to the edge of the dugout. Wheeler ended making a dangerous catch as he lost his balance and disappeared down the dugout steps. Thankfully, he landed on his feet and was uninjured.

It was a great effort and a better catch to secure what appeared to be a critical first out. However, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't hesitate to ask for a review. There was no question that Wheeler caught the ball and maintained possession, but Gardenhire questioned whether or not Wheeler's feet were outside the dugout when he made the play. It's basically MLB's version of a sideline catch in the NFL

The umpires agreed to give it a look, but here's perhaps the most important detail: The play doesn't fit the critirea of what's supposed to be reviewable. So even though the umpires technically got it correct by ruling that Wheeler's left foot came down on the top dugout step, they erred by reviewing it in the first place.


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Even after three months of regular season action, managers and some umpires still aren't quite on the same page when it comes to what is and isn't reviewable. We knew it would take awhile, but three months may be stretching it a little bit. Then again, how often does this type of scenario even come up in a game? Very rarely, so maybe in this case they deserve a pass.

Either way, the call didn't have an impact on the game. Yankees' closer David Robertson bounced back to strikeout Fuld and two other Twins in the ninth as New York held on for a 6-5 victory.

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