[6/9/2017] Chris Marrero takes one deep… for a triple

With a runner on first, no out, and the Orix Buffaloes down 1-0 against the Chunichi Dragons at Kyocera Dome, Chris Marrero blasted what appeared to be the first home run of his NPB career. Except, he apparently missed home plate. Chunichi catcher Masato Matsui made an appeal to the umpires after play resumed (Shinnosuke Ogasawara threw the ball over to Matsui), at which point the umpires convened and agreed he was out for failing to touch home plate. The home run became a long triple. Or more specifically: Marrero was ruled out and credited with a triple and one RBI.

I call shenanigans on Buffalo Bell.

Overturned Home Runs

Name JPN Name ENG Team Date Reason
山川 喜作 Yamakawa, Takenori Yomiuri 1949/04/27 Seventh inning. Called game, seventh inning did not count.
駒田 桂二 Komada, Keiji Hanshin 1951/06/27 Second inning. Balk.*
杉山 悟 Sugiyama, Satoshi Chunichi 1954/07/25 Tenth inning. Forfeited game, tenth inning did not count.*
穴吹 義雄 Anabuki, Yoshio Nankai 1957/04/11 Ninth inning. Overran a base-runner.
長嶋 茂雄 Nagashima, Shigeo Yomiuri 1958/09/19 Fifth inning. Skipped first base.
柳田 利夫 Yanagida, Toshio Daimai 1961/10/14

Seventh inning. Overran a base-runner.

星山 晋徳 Hoshiyama, Shintoku Sankei 1965/06/24 Fifth inning. Overran a base-runner.
ロイ Roig, Tony Nishitetsu 1965/10/10 Seventh inning. Overran a base-runner.
近藤 和彦 Kondo, Kazuhiko Taiyo 1966/05/10 Ninth inning. During a timeout.
白 仁天 Baek, In-Chun Toei 1967/07/19 Ninth inning. Overran a base-runner.
村上 公康 Murakami, Kimiyasu Lotte 1975/06/01 Seventh inning. During a timeout.
行沢久隆 Yukizawa, Hisataka Nippon Ham 1976/04/29 Eighth inning. Overran a base-runner.
ギャレット Garrett, Wayne Chunichi 1979/05/24 Fifth inning. Overran a base-runner.
ガードナー Gardner, Art Hiroshima 1981/07/19 Fourth inning. Skipped home plate.
簑田 浩二 Minoda, Koji Hankyu 1985/07/19 Seventh inning. Called game, seventh inning did not count.
ホーナー Horner, Bob Yakult 1987/08/09 Seventh inning. Called game, seventh inning did not count.
ディアス Diaz, Eddy Hiroshima 1999/09/14 Third inning. Overran a base-runner.
新庄 剛志 Shinjo, Tsuyoshi Nippon Ham 2004/09/20 Ninth inning. Overran a base-runner.
李承ヨプ Lee, Seung-Yuop Yomiuri 2006/06/11 Third inning. Missed third base.
マレーロ Marrero, Chris Orix 2017/06/09 Fifth inning. Missed home plate.

* based on rules at the time.

Marrero joined Nagashima (1958), Yanagida (1961), Roig (1965), Horner (1987), Shinjo (2004) as the only players in the list above to hit a home run in their next game. Yukizawa and Marrero are the only players that had their “first” home runs overturned.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2017

[UPDATE 7/5 @ 11:59pm]

The Buffaloes announced that they will be releasing a missed home run t-shirt for Marrero. The shirt will become available on July 7.

Source: Orix 7/5/2017

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