Instant Replay: No Excuse

Its about time that Major League  Baseball expanded replay to include trapped balls, fair-or-foul rulings down the lines, and most importantly, review of calls made on bang bang plays.

Baseball began using replay late in the 2008 season, though only to check potential home run balls. For the minimal times that occurs every year, why couldn’t the umpires take the time to look over a potentially game changing out call or trapped ball? The NFL, NBA, NHL and the NCAA had already employed instant replay and the MLB needs to be next in line. Since 2008 there has been multiple instances where calls have been blatantly blown. In the 2009 AL playoffs, Joe Mauer’s looping liner down the left-field line landed fair by a full foot at Yankee Stadium, hopped into the seats and was mistakenly called a foul ball. Armando Galaragga, as we all may remember, got a PERFECT GAME taken from him after a blown call. No big deal.


Just yesterday, the Mets’  Jose Reyes hit a scorcher to left-center gap in the top of the 8th of  a 2-1 ball game. Reyes scurried around second  and slid headfirst into third and the oncoming  throw from centerfielder Rick Ankiel (who’s got a hose, granted.) The video from showed that Reyes overslid into the bag when Hairston applied his tag and was ruled out. It might have been the worst call I’ve ever seen from a man standing not two feet from the play. To make matters bittersweet for the enraged Mets team that witnessed the play, David Murphy (the very next batter) gets up and belts a game tieing solo home run instead of a game leading 2 – run jack. This, in my eyes, is inexcusable for the MLB who has the money and technology to install simple line cameras at baseball fields to let umpires watch instant replay.

Ryan Franklin, closer (recently removed for Mitchell Boggs) for the Cardinals nailed it right on the head in an interview:

“Yeah to all of them, oh yeah. I just think they should all be called the right way, and it doesn’t matter if it takes an extra five minutes. Don’t take so long between innings, cut 10 seconds off between every half-inning and that could make up for five minutes for the replay on a trapped ball or something like that,” he said. “It doesn’t happen that often.”

Veteran Aubrey Huff disagreed with Franklin: “You’re messing with the history of the game when you start messing with too much. We make mistakes, they make mistakes. You’re talking big home runs, that’s one thing. You’re talking out or safe at home, then why have umpires? Let the cameras make the calls. It’s just stupid,” he said.

So what should the MLB do? Let the game be or begin to use technology and let cameras do the officiating? To my joy it HAS been reported that Bud Selig’s special committee for on-field matters, a 14-man panel that includes managers, general managers and team executives,  is said to favor the additional replay for the 2012 season, but their dealings are still behind closed doors for right now. Reports also entailed that the commissioner and a group of umpires discussed the extra video review at spring training and were in agreement. Only time will tell for the MLB and instant replay but for right now the Blue still has the final call.

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One Response to “Instant Replay: No Excuse”

  1. Taylor DeChant says:

    Enjoy Seth

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