Mike Scioscia Uses MLB’s First Coach’s Challenge For Play At Plate, Results In 4 Boring Minutes Of Nothing

  • Jake O'Donnell

There’s literally one good reason not to implement instant replay in professional sports, and it was soaking up air-time today during the Angels-Dodgers Spring Training game. Mike Trout predictably lined one to center field, which was misplayed by Cuban airhead Yasiel Puig, resulting an inside-the-park home run.

Or was it?

The home plate umpire called Trout out on a diving tag that may or may not have happened before Trout touched home, prompting Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia to exercise his newly acquired right to throw the red flag, so to speak. What followed was a lingering, energy-sapping, litigious four minutes, while he, the umpires, and Don Mattingly convened to discuss the ruling.

Coincidentally, Major League Baseball instituted a ban on home plate collisions this offseason, so there was that component to the review as well, further complicating the boring-ass meeting. We’re still unclear as to why these things take longer than 10 seconds. Someone in front of a TV just has to yell “Yay” or “Nay” and baseball activities should resume.

Full disclosure, coaches are allowed one challenge, and a second if they get the first challenge correct (meaning the call on the field is overturned).

Glad to see their working out the kinks, but please, MLB, let’s have those rulings nailed down a bit quicker — baseball doesn’t any more delays than it already has.