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.
[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