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MLB General Managers Recommend Instant Replay

By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Tuesday, November 06, 2007
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MLB General Managers voted Tuesday to move Major League Baseball into the eighties. They voted 25-5 to recommend limited instant replay during baseball games. Next step, nighttime games under the lights!

The recommendation is limited to boundary calls. Whether potential home runs are fair or foul, or hit below or above the yellow line on the wall. They're staying away from balls and strikes, at least until the home plate umpire is replaced by a robot.

Of course, the key word in both of the above paragraphs is "recommendation." Ultimately it still has to go through the players union, umpires union and, of course, Bud Selig. That's a bunch of hoops still to jump through.

Selig has publicly come out against replay in the past, citing his desire to not slow the game down any more than it already is as the largest reason to avoid its introduction. What he didn't say was he really objects anything that would move professional baseball out of the stone age and into the same technological age as the rest of the professional sports. the NFL, NBA and NHL all employ some sort of replay. The length of football games can be attributed to the overabundance of commercials, not instant replay. Basketball barely reaches the two-hour mark. And hockey is fast-paced enough that reviews of plays provides suspense more than a slowdown.

In my opinion, it's been a long time coming. I certainly see the danger in the replay of balls and strikes, and even some calls on the bases, but no one's feelings will get hurt if a homerun call is made right. If it's the difference between a win and a loss, shouldn't the call be the right one?

Let's hope MLB makes the right decision on this one. Just don't hold your breath.

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