Weiss loses first challenge in spring training

Walt Weiss didn't throw a red flag or storm out of the dugout to express his displeasure by throwing his hat in the dirt. He simply approached an umpire and asked for a replay.

It the new age for major league baseball – the inaugural year for reviews in the game - and it was also the first ever challenge by the Rockies.

Weiss disagreed with a call on a stolen base by Miluakee's Logan Schafer in the sixth inning. Catcher Matt McBride's throw pulled shortstop Rosell Herrera off the bag. He attempted to tag the runner as he was sliding past but was ruled as safe by the umpire at second base. The Rockies manager felt it was close enough that he may have actually tagged the runner out.

The umpires convened and it took less than two minutes to determine that the call on the field would be upheld.

Major League Baseball instated replays – all the teams in the league unanimously voted in favor it – during the winter meetings. A manager has a single challenge per game and can use it to review home runs, hit-by-pitch and tag plays among others.


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