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Monday, June 16, 2008
Bad calls have been a big story - and a big problem - all season. Players are getting robbed, pitchers are getting screwed, and the good folks at Baseball Tonight have had plenty of fodder about which to debate. The sheer volume of mistakes this year has forced the instant replay issue into the spotlight, and it looks like enough is finally enough: instant replay is on its way, whether you like it or not.

Wait a minute, why in tarnation wouldn't you like it?!

Answer me!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, June 16, 2008  
6 Comments:
  • At 5:56 AM, Anonymous buyingachampionship.com said…

    If MLB wants to institute instant replay, it needs to be restricted to homerun calls only. Allowing officials to replay/review plays at any base or balls and strikes is not going to do any good for the game. Even with replay, it's still a subjective call. In football, it's clear that a player's foot is on one side of a line or the other. It's clear that a player caught the ball or didn't. In baseball, replaying/reviewing a play at first is still subjective. Did the runner beat the throw? Did the runner slide in under the tag? With football, you often have cameras on the field, just feet away from the action. In baseball, some of these shots are still 100+ feet away.

    What MLB needs to do is change the policy in stadium design. Why are there so many bad HR calls? Look at the frickin' designs of these stadiums. Hills in the outfield, fences with 4 different height levels, etc. Put up a fence and if the ball goes over it, it's a HR. If not, it's in play. Simple. With the design flaws of today's stadiums, it's no wonder someone stading 200-400 feet away can't see where the ball lands.

     
  • At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Marco said…

    To limit instant replay to just home runs is still unfair. Want to make things fair? Limit the number of instant replays for team per game. Football limits the number of challenges. Tim Kurkjian (spelling?) on Baseball Tonight argues that instant replay ruins the flow of the game. What about arguing for the call? Momentum and flow is lost during the game, either way. The institution of instant replay will not kill baseball, only merely enhance things. The object is to get calls correct. Once again, my verdict: instant replay should be admitted but on a limited use basis.

     
  • At 4:18 PM, Anonymous mets guy said…

    Getting the call right is more important than tradition.

     
  • At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Instant replay should be used in certain instances in order to maintain fairness (at least to some degree) for all the players and teams in the league.
    On a side note, I think I am in love Yankeeschick-I mean, a pretty brunette who knows baseball and follows the Yankees....doesn't get any better than that :)

     
  • At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OK YC. Here's your irrefutable reason:
    Every time an umpire's call is reversed, God kills a kitten.
    If you don't have a problem with that, then let the cameras roll!

    I do agree some with the poster talking about the weirdass design of some ballparks. Yellow lines going everywhichaway, this kind of fence or that kind of fence...WTF?
    To quote Yogi: "Anybody that can't tell the differnce in the sound of a ball hitting plywood, and hitting a chainlink fence is blind."
    (Or a foul pole and a seat.)
    Interesting article here on lost home runs through the ages.
    http://www.retrosheet.org:80/losthr.htm

    Keep up the good work.

     
  • At 1:27 PM, Anonymous DS! said…

    Girl, U look hot in that bikini :)
    DS!

     
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