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Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

Posted on: June 14, 2008 8:33 am
Bud Selig is considering having instant replay for MLB by August. He needs to have it in place and running. I know many people are not tennis fans, but tennis has instant replay for the fans. A player can challenge a call and the call is reviewed on the Jumbotron. You can clearly see if the ball is in or out and the call is made right away. This is fan friendly and gets the crowd involved. There is technology to do it so why not use it ? The bottom line is to get the call right and to do it quickly.

I agree with using instant replay for foul balls and homeruns and homeruns in general - for example if a fan interferes with it by reaching over. Where was the ball - in foul territory or fair territory past the foul pole ? My suggestion is to to display to the fans on the Jumbotron at the stadium a replay. The home teams display all replays now that are not controversial. I am not sure why a replay of a homerun is controversial if it clearly show what happened. What is controversial about the truth ? The umpire and all the fans like in tennis can see the replay right there. A 8 year old can be the replay official - is it fair or foul ? Is it a homerun ?

Now there must be penalties for cheaters so that teams will not cheat. There is no time to for a home team to dummy up a replay but if a team does not show an available replay, then the team forfeits the game. You need a stiff penalties to deter cheaters. There can be an investigation into why all replays are shown EXCEPT for the fair or foul one that everyone wanted. You have auditors to check that out. Most every game is shown on MLB Extra Innings so there should be few reason why a replay is not available to the fans and the umpires.

The NFL system of a replay booth is expensive and I really don't know why all the fans at the stadium can't see the replay ? Why do you have to go home to see a replay if you are at the game. Shouldn't you get at least what the people at home get for free since you bought a ticket ?

There is no new technology needed for this as they show replays now at baseball games. Why not include homerun calls and foul balls ?  Get it right for the games sake.  Besides, it could save time instead of each manager arguing  with an umpire for 15 minutes each after they change or challenge the call.  What did you see ?  Are you sure ?  blah, blah
Category: MLB

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2008 2:44 pm

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

I think baseball needs umpires that will be fair and review themselves the play then go to a replay screen.Homeruns make the game alot different and umpires should try to make the right call.

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2008 1:09 am
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Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2008 2:58 am

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

Wow you are good, you write one blog on CBS Sports and you have changed baseball history. LOL, just kidding, I noticed your blog and I am not sure what the date was that they implemented instant replay, but you have got your wish. Hey you think you could post a blog about the Iraq war coming to an end and the price of gas dropping about 2 bucks, maybe these things would come true as well. LOL

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2008 11:39 pm

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

It doesn't seem right to add it after all these years without it, BUT, for homeruns that could mean the difference in the playoffs or even the WS, it does need to happen. they will difinitely need to find a way to minimize what can be reviewed or games will last a lot longer then they do now..Remember, Baseball is timeless, let' s keep it that way.

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 1:53 pm

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

I have to disagree with the MLB replay issue.  First, games are long enough - we don't extra time doing the NFL challenge thing and checking over and over again just to see that a play IS really too close to call.  Second, yes, the technology exists to put up close plays on the screen just like in tennis - but don't be too excited about this.  That technology is proving to be VERY faulty and isn't showing if a ball is in or out but just a statistical probability that the bal MIGHT be in or out.  New studies are showing that tennis/jumbotron chair umpires are wrong much more often, but tennis doesn't have anything else in place right now and is happy to just let it ride for the forseable future.

I understand the trend in wanting instant replay, but why?

Besides, if Bud Selig is interested in it - I've got a problem with that.

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2008 2:22 pm

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

I will have to disagree with you that Baseball needs instant replay. The game is long enough, please, don't make it any longer. If the game were to be sped up by, not allow the batter to continually step in and out of the batters box at will, might speed up the game.  All the constant trying to check the runner at 1st, etc.  All of this eats up time.  And to add instant replay?  A 3-4 hour game could stretch to 5-6 hours.  And really?  Who has that kind of time?

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2008 5:06 pm

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

hey d2w - great avatar

Nolan Ryan thumping Ventura when he charged the mound - way cool

as for replay - i wouldn't do it  on balls and strikes or base calls.  what is more like baseball than an irate manager giving the umpire a piece of his mind?  I could see it on a foul ball but limited.  Lets say a team gets 2 appeals a game.  If the managers wrong on the second appeal he gets ejected for delay of game.  If hes right he still has his appeal.  I have seen replays that were indeed inconclusive.  the tennis replay is not always right.  i have seen on camera a ball look right next to the line and then the replay makes it look 3 inches out.  that doesn't give me confidence when the replay shows it a millimeter out.

Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2008 3:53 am

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

Great point on not needing new technology.  Why spend the millions of dollars on new equipment when all you need is right there.  I mean in St. Louis $8.25 for a can of beer is enough.  Also great point on allowing the fans and everyone else to see what the officals are looking at.  I still swear I saw a ref at a KC Chiefs game looking at the Paris Hilton Sex Tape in the replay booth... but my seats werent that good either. 

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 6:35 am

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

I agree Bretticus.  Actually, maybe there should be no challenge ?  Just show the replay and everyone can see it for themselves.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2008 8:37 pm

Baseball Needs Instant Replay - Now

MLB should have done this a long time ago. Why haven't they? Who doesn't want to see replay of a ball bouncing off of someones head and into the stands? Foul or fair? That has been a long issue with fans. Now, hopefully if it sticks, we will be able to tell. Just don't implement the challenge. No one wants to watch a baseball game for that long.

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