Melvin successful in first chance to test replay system

Melvin successful in first chance to test replay system
March 13, 2014, 9:00 pm
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A's manager Bob Melvin won his first challenge attempt on Thursday night. (AP)

PHOENIX -- Bob Melvin got the opportunity he was looking for.

The A's manager tested out instant replay review for the first time Thursday night against the Rockies, successfully getting a close play at first overturned in the bottom of the second.

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Coco Crisp hit a potential 4-6-3 double-play ball and was called out at first, though it appeared he might have beat the throw. Melvin challenged the call and the umpires gathered near first base to listen in as replay official Marcus Pattillo reviewed the play.

A's officials timed the review at about 2 minutes, 10 seconds when the decision came that Crisp was safe. Because Melvin won the challenge, he got to keep another challenge to use later in the game if he wished.

This was the first A's game this spring in which replay was available for use, and Melvin said before the game he was hopeful of trying it out.

During spring training, all replay officials are stationed in TV trucks just outside the ballpark, and they have limited camera angles from which to examine plays. During the season, umpires will be stationed in a central spot in New York and review plays off-site from all around the majors.

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