[5/16/2016] The controversial out call at home plate from May 11

An out call at home plate was reversed during a game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on May 11 after Yomiuri manager Yoshinobu Takahashi asked for a review. The umpiring crew checked the film and decided catcher Fumihito Haraguchi blocked the lane to home plate. Manager Tomoaki Kanemoto was not happy with the ruling. The Tigers were later told the umpires reversed their call because they felt Haraguchi blocked the lane from the start and that they felt it was not a definite out.

The Tigers submitted a letter to the NPB the following day and asked for clarification. Chief umpire Masato Tomoyose and Central League official Kazuhide Kinefuchi met with Hanshin for about fifty minutes at Yokohama Stadium on May 13. Tomoyose explained that the collision rule was cited because the umpiring crew felt the ball thrown to home plate was catchable without blocking the lane. He also said there were some umpires that felt differently about decision and that they were in the process of determining what the appropriate ruling should be for future incidents.

Kanemoto was not satisfied with the explanation and is waiting to hear how the umpires plan to handle future cases. He told reporters he would be extremely frustrated if the same thing happened again and added that he felt Haraguchi did nothing wrong.

Source: Daily Sports 5/11/2016, Daily Sports 5/14/2016, Sponichi 5/12/2016, Sponichi 5/12/2016, Sponichi 5/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/14/2016, Sanspo 5/14/2016

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