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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fan interference helps give Victor Martinez home run (Video)

Victor Martinez fan interference

A fan’s interference in right field at Comerica Park helped give Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie Game 4 of their ALDS with the Oakland A’s at 4.

The original call on the field was a home run. Umpires met to review the play and upheld the original call. That seemed to be the correct decision.

There appeared to be definitive proof that Martinez’s ball was going past the yellow line above the right field fence even without the fan touching it. As long as a ball hits above the yellow line, it’s considered a home run.

There was some speculation that A’s right fielder Josh Reddick may have been able to rob the home run, but he appeared to be hitting the wall and running out of room as the ball was flying over the fence. He would have been close but likely come up short.

Below is a video and GIF of the home run:

GIF via @cjzero



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