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Welcome to Bud Selig’s Instant Replay System, Full of Flaws

Published by on June 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Last Friday night, I was at Citizens Bank Park for an extra-inning thriller between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.

In the bottom of the 11th, after Raul Ibañez doubled and Shane Victorino was intentionally walked, Greg Dobbs stepped up to the plate with the chance to give the Phils their third consecutive win in extra innings.

And he almost did.

He launched one of Justin Masterson's pitches deep down the right-field line. As I saw the ball from my seats on the third base side, it looked clearly foul off the bat. But the ball began to hook back towards the right-field foul pole before it disappeared into the outfield seats.

Then I saw first-base umpire Jim Joyce rule the b...

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