MLB upholds overturned call in Reds-Marlins game

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is tagged out by Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis at home...

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is tagged out by Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis at home plate during the eighth inning at Marlins Ballpark on July 31, 2014. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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Major League Baseball upheld an overturned call that occurred during Thursday's game between the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins after reviewing the ruling.

After Zack Cozart of the Reds was called out by home plate umpire Mike Winters on a throw home to Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis in the eighth inning, a review of the play overturned the call and Cozart was ruled safe. Officials ruled that Mathis was blocking the plate on the play.

The run tied the score at 1-1 and the Reds went on to win 3-1.

If the original call stood, the inning would have ended with Miami up 1-0.

Mathis was in Cozart's running lane when he caught the throw home from Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, but the throw beat Cozart by several steps. Rule 7.13 states that a catcher may block the plate if he has the ball.

The review that overturned Winters' call took about six minutes.

"We realize that people may reasonably have different opinions regarding the application of Rule 7.13 in any particular instance because it is a judgment call," read a statement by MLB. "We are continuously evaluating the application of the new rule, and we anticipate a full review with all appropriate parties in the offseason in order to determine whether any changes should be made. We also recognize that the exorbitant length of last night's review, which was more than three times the season average, must be avoided in the future.

"That said, the most important goal of this rule has been to eliminate dangerous collisions at home plate, and it cannot be disputed that the rule has been very effective toward achieving this purpose."

Marlins manager Mike Redmond came out to argue the overturned call and was ejected from the game.

Marlins president David Samson called the ruling a "travesty" and said "there is absolutely zero excuse" for the call to be overturned.


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