MLB releases statement on blown HR call in Cleveland

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MLB releases statement on blown HR call in Cleveland
May 9, 2013, 10:45 am
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Joe Torre: "Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made." (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Major League Baseball has released a statement regarding Wednesday's night's call in Cleveland that took a game-tying home run away from Adam Rosales and the A's: 

Major League Baseball Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre issued the following statement regarding the instant replay review in the top of the ninth inning of the Oakland Athletics-Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field. 

“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief. In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night’s crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field. It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.

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“Home and away broadcast feeds are available for all uses of instant replay, and they were available to the crew last night. Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made. Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right. Earlier this morning, we began the process of speaking with the crew to thoroughly review all the circumstances surrounding last night’s decision."

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