MILWAUKEE – An umpire’s call was overturned Monday for the first time under Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe.
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez challenged the sixth-inning play at Miller Park in the season opener. Braun was originally called safe at first base by umpire Greg Gibson on a leadoff infield single fielded by third baseman Chris Johnson.
The umpires gathered near the third-base line during the review, while Braun waited near the first-base bag. The call was reversed to out after a review that lasted 58 seconds, and Braun ran back to the dugout.
Minutes later, another call on opening day was overturned in Pittsburgh when a Chicago Cubs runner was eventually ruled out at first base on a pickoff.
Earlier in the day, expanded replay was used for the first time in the majors in the Cubs-Pirates game at PNC Park. That umpire’s call at first base was confirmed.