WATCH: For The First Time, An Ump's On-Field Call Is Overturned

Mar 31, 2014
Originally published on April 1, 2014 7:23 am

A big first happened in today's opening day game in Milwaukee.

The Atlanta Braves were playing the Brewers when Ryan Braun hit a slow rolling grounder to third base. Braun was called safe at first, but the Braves challenged the call and instant replay found the ump was wrong.

The play marks the first time an umpire's on-the-field call has been overturned during baseball's brand-new extended replay era. Previously, only home run calls could be challenged by replay. Courtesy of MLB.com, here's the video:

We'll let sports writer Wes Hodiewicz make the jokes:

Braun, if you remember, won an appeal on a positive drug test, only to later accept a lengthy suspension for "violations of [the] joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program."

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Baseball history yesterday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brewers hosting the Atlanta Braves. Bottom of the sixth inning, lead-off batter Ryan Braun gets his bat on a Julio Teheran pitch.

(SOUNDBITE OF A PITCH)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Braun, a slow roller. There's Johnson, top hop.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's the play-by-play from MLB.com.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Had trouble getting it out of the glove and Braun beat it.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

GREENE: Your basic infield hit. But then Braves' manager Fredi Gonzalez challenges that safe call. And listen now - history being made

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC AND A CROWD)

GREENE: That is the dramatic sound of three umpires studying a replay.

INSKEEP: Drama, that's the word. And when they're done, Braun is out - not safe. It's the first successful challenge of an umpire's call on an infield play using video.

GREENE: The replay heard round the world. Yesterday in the Major Leagues, there were four challenges of umpire calls. Two were reversed. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.