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The 21st Century Beckons As MLB Considers Expanding Instant Replay

This is four years overdue, but the reluctant baseball powers are finally giving serious thought (we think) to expanding replay. Up to this point, only questionable home run calls are subject to replay while everything else is subjected to irreparably flawed human beings hawk-eyed umpires who don’t let Dewayne Wise take advantage of them.

Bud Selig has expressed interest in expanding replay in time for the 2013 season, which, if you’re not on board with, we’re clearly not watching the same game. Enough with preserving the purity of the game and it keeping it pristine from the taint of 21st-century technology — if they want this to happen, let’s let it happen. Maybe as an American sports-watching contingent we’ll have a few less things on which to blame our team’s failings, but we’ll learn to get over it.

Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations (he really is that!), clarified and said Bud really only means to expand replay to “fair-foul, trap plays”, but we’ll take it. And this coming from a Mets fan who may or may not have but definitely did shed a tear or two after Johan Santana’s no-hitter. Would replay have ruled Carlos Beltran’s no-hit-bid-crushing foul/fair ball fair? It sure would have, but, for lack of a better word, it would have been fair.

It’ll be baby steps until the MLB has replay instated across the board, but this welcome sign is a good start.

[ESPN.com, Getty Images]

  • iblouie

    Maybe it is time to get MLB into the LASER STRIKE ZONE arena!!! MLB needs to take the umpires out of the equation in determining the outcomes of games. The OFFICIAL MLB rulebook specifically defines the strike zone. What the rulebook DOES NOT SAY is that Different Umpires can use their OWN strike zones. In todays technological world, it is easy enough to have a Laser defined strike zone that is the SAME FOR EVERYONE!!! This “inovation” would also eliminate the so-called “make-up” calls that take place when your unionized umpires blow it so badly that they have to make ANOTHER bad call!!! Don’t talk to me about “the integrity of the game being ruined”!! Either the umpires are on the take from the bookies, or MLB, or ???, or they just need to make the games close to keep up the fan interest. Tennis can track a tennis ball going over 115 mph and show to within 5mm of where it landed, so why doesn’t MLB get with the program??? Most likely the Umpires Union would strenously object saying their members get 99.99% of their calls right, but that does not eliminate those “suspicious” calls at just the right time to turn a win into a loss!!! Even high priced players Deserve Correct Calls ALL THE TIME!!! The fact that they can’t even OBJECT to a BAD Call is tatamount to SLAVERY!!! One can see MLB going the way of the Basketball world and WWF when the games are just for show and not to Really find out who the BEST team is!!! Just sayin’.

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