J.T. Realmuto hit a ball into the Home Run Sculpture at Marlins Park on Monday that wasn’t a home run.
In what was an extremely rare baseball event, the second-inning home run was taken from Realmuto because he passed Marlins teammate Marcell Ozuna on the base path a violation of Rule 7:08 (h).
Instead, Realmuto was credited with a RBI single and called out.
According to Retrosheet.org, it was the first time since 1986 that a home run was taken away from a player for passing another runner.
And it was only the 15th documented such instance.
One of the most famous instances involved Lou Gehrig, who had a home run taken away during the 1931 when he passed a runner. Gehrig finished the season tied with Babe Ruth for the league home-run title.
Monday’s base running follies came in Monday’s second inning after Ozuna reached on a one out single. Realmuto followed by hitting a towering fly ball to left center. Ozuna retreated to first base, thinking the ball might be caught and he could tag up on the play.
But the ball dropped into the base of the Home Run Sculpture.
It was first ruled a home run for Realmuto. But the Brewers challenged the call and, after reviewing replays, umpires called Realmuto out.