As you know, MLB is set to expand replay and include managerial challenges as part of the reforms. Personally, I'm all for expanded replay but squarely against any kind of NFL-style challenge system -- let's focus on getting calls right and not on whether a team can correctly identify a blown call, OK?
Anyhow, veteran Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter has some concerns of his own. To wit, he's worried that expanded replay and managerial challenges will mean the demise of on-field skipper tantrums. Here, courtesy of CBS Detroit, are Hunter's words on the possibility of fewer manager-vs.-umpire shouting matches:
"I hope not because that's boring! That is so boring. I hope not because the arguments of Lou Piniella and all those guys, that's what I want to see … I can only imagine the fans. They come and they see the arguments and they see guys kicking dirt and going crazy. That's awesome, man. That's baseball. Hopefully that doesn't change."
I find myself agreeing with Mr. Hunter here. Manager arguments are an indelible part of the sport's culture, and I'd hate to see that go away entirely. It's not certain that the advent of managerial challenges will mean no more Earl Weaver-style eruptions, but it's certainly a strong possibility.
So I join Mr. Hunter in saying: ¡Viva la dirt-kicking!