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Cubs’ Rick Renteria makes instant (-replay) history as manager
PITTSBURGH – Rick Renteria didn’t waste any time making major league history in his first game as a big-league manager.
The Cubs’ manager on Monday became the first in baseball to utilize the new replay-challenge system on umpires’ calls.
He made the decision to go to the video in the fifth inning of a scoreless season opener when, with nobody out, pitcher Jeff Samardzija bunted into a 1-5-4 double play.
Renteria challenged the close play at first at the end of the play, arguing Samardzija beat out the play. Samardzija, emphatically spread his arms to signal safe after crossing the bag.
After barely a minute of conferring with the MLB replay crew in New York, home plate umpire John Hirschbeck, the crew chief in Pittsbugh, signaled that the call was “confirmed.”
Under the new rules, Renteria lost the right to challenge future plays in the game because his challenge was unsuccessful.
Emilio Bonifacio followed with an inning-ending groundout.