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MLB statement after reviewing Thursday's overturned call at the plate

Major League Baseball promised to review Thursday's game-deciding overturned out call at the plate that contributed to the Marlins' loss to the Reds. Here is the say-nothing statement it released Friday regarded how the replay crew in New York interpreted Rule 7.13, which all but bans collisions at the plate and requires catchers to give baserunners a lane to slide:

The Replay Official judged that the catcher did not provide a lane to the runner and hindered his path to the plate without possession of the ball. The throw also did not force the catcher into the runner's pathway. As a result, in accordance with Rule 7.13, the ruling on the field was overturned and the run was allowed to score.

We realize that people may reasonably have different opinions regarding the application of Rule 7.13 in any particular instance because it is a judgment call. We are continuously evaluating the application of the new rule, and we anticipate a full review with all appropriate parties in the off-season in order to determine whether any changes should be made. We also recognize that the exorbitant length of last night's review, which was more than three times the season average, must be avoided in the future.

That said, the most important goal of this rule has been to eliminate dangerous collisions at home plate, and it cannot be disputed that the rule has been very effective toward achieving this purpose.

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