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Replay reviews unavailable in Blue Jays-Tigers game after power failure disrupts both broadcasts

2024-05-24 09:17 Last Updated At:09:43

DETROIT (AP) — Replay reviews were unavailable to the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers throughout the first few innings of their game Thursday night at Comerica Park because of a technical issue that affected both team broadcasts.

Major League Baseball said the Detroit broadcast compound lost power just before first pitch, rendering both clubs without a broadcast feed. The commissioner's office informed the Blue Jays and Tigers that neither team would be able to challenge any umpires' calls via instant replay until the issue was rectified.

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Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa is greeted in the dugout after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — Replay reviews were unavailable to the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers throughout the first few innings of their game Thursday night at Comerica Park because of a technical issue that affected both team broadcasts.

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa looks towards the dugout after his triple to center during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa looks towards the dugout after his triple to center during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa watches his triple to center during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa watches his triple to center during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty walks behind the mound as Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa rounds the bases after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty walks behind the mound as Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa rounds the bases after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Kiermaier flips his bat after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Kiermaier flips his bat after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

“Should broadcast capabilities return, each club will be afforded its normal Manager’s Challenge, but will have unlimited Crew Chief Reviews for the remainder of the game,” MLB told the teams.

The problem was fixed during the sixth inning, a Tigers spokesperson said, and MLB confirmed the replay system was back up and running beginning in the top of the seventh.

The score was tied 1-all after six innings.

MLB said the issue was not unprecedented at other ballparks, but the same problem occurred last year in Detroit and that game was played without replay review for seven innings.

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Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa is greeted in the dugout after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa is greeted in the dugout after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa looks towards the dugout after his triple to center during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa looks towards the dugout after his triple to center during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa watches his triple to center during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa watches his triple to center during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty walks behind the mound as Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa rounds the bases after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty walks behind the mound as Toronto Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa rounds the bases after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Kiermaier flips his bat after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Kiermaier flips his bat after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DALLAS (AP) — Nick Saban is at SEC Media Days again, six months after retiring as Alabama coach.

This time he's asking the questions as part of ESPN's SEC Network coverage of the four-day event.

“I’m still a coach at heart. So I want to ask the coaches questions so that they can actually talk about things that they want to talk about, and maybe things that they want to be able to get out there,” Saban said Wednesday, a short time before his successor, Kalen DeBoer, made his SEC Media days debut as Tide coach.

“So I’m not trying to put anybody on the defensive,” Saban added. “I’m trying to help them express what they’d like to express about their team, or about a particular player, or about a position on their team.”

Saban, 72, retired in January after 17 seasons with Alabama and three decades as a head coach. The seven-time national champion will work for ESPN this season on its “College GameDay” Saturday pregame show.

He said he doesn't plan to be critical as a broadcaster.

“I want to be objective. But I don’t want to be controversial,” Saban said. “You could take any decision in any situation that anybody makes and make it controversial. Like, if we go for it on fourth-and-3, we would have 100,000 people in Alabama say, ‘I’m glad he’s going for it.’ And we would have 100,000 people say, ‘He’s a dumbass for going for it.’”

Saban has already made a headline, picking Georgia and Texas, not the Crimson Tide, to play for the SEC championship.

His former players noticed.

"He always said don’t let some guy who lives in his mom’s basement determine how you feel. I’m not going to let a guy who plays golf all day determine how I feel,” offensive tackle Tyler Booker said with a smile.

Saban said he has poured himself into the new job much as if he was still a coach. He prepared “a couple hundred hours” for his role on ESPN's NFL draft coverage. For SEC Media Days, he said he watched every team's spring game and called every coach in the conference.

“The biggest thing I miss is the relationships with the people, the players, the coaches, the staff and all the people that you work with, being a part of a team," Saban said. “That I miss. But, I also got to the point where it was difficult for me to sustain things the way I needed to sustain them, to be satisfied with myself that I was doing a good job. So the last year was hard. So, I said, maybe it’s time for somebody else. I don’t regret that.”

Saban was asked if major college football could ever install a commissioner, would be he interested in the job. He said that's a question for his wife, Terry.

“I try to go play golf at 7:30 in the morning. So I get home at 11:30,” he said. “I can’t get to the ninth hole without getting a text of ‘This is what I want you to do when you come home.’

“At least let me finish my round. It's not going to get done any faster.”

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Former Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, left, and current Alabama coach Kalen DeBoer greet each other after appearing on the set of ESPN's SEC Now during the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Former Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, left, and current Alabama coach Kalen DeBoer greet each other after appearing on the set of ESPN's SEC Now during the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

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