Blue Jays-Twins Spring Training Game Features MLB's First Expanded Replay

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014


It may only be the first week of spring training, but Major League Baseball has already had a historic event this year.

During Monday's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins, expanded replay made its debut.

In the sixth inning of the game, the Twins' Chris Rahl was ruled safe on a grounder to shortstop. It looked like the throw beat Rahl to the bag, but the umpire ruled that the first baseman's foot was off the base. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons didn't agree with the call.

The disagreement led to Gibbons using MLB's first challenge:

It was a tough angle for the replay official to handle. After review, the call on the field was upheld and the shortstop was charged with an error.

Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason has the official time of the review along with a quote from the batter involved in the play:

Gibbons lost the challenge, which meant he was out of challenges through the first six innings of the game. Luckily for him, there were already two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Welcome to a new era, baseball fans.

[, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason]