Rabu, 27 Juni 2012

Bud Selig: Expand Instant Replay

Being an umpire in Major League Baseball is harder then refereeing in any other sport as last night's Dewayne Wise drop that the umpire assumed was caught could have been a game-changing play as if the call was not wrong and called a dropped foul ball, Jack Hannahan could have hit a home run and changed the momentum and led the Indians to a comeback win which would put them in the playoffs, and instead, Hannahan gets ejected and the Indians lose, costing them a playoff spot. Now this is a very extreme and highly unlikely scenario but the point is, these calls can possibly change games and baseball needs to make sure they get it right.

Bud Selig has been hesitant to expand instant replay beyond fair and foul home run calls but we need to expand it to include other calls like safe/out calls at first base just like the Armando Galarraga almost perfect game call at first base by one of baseball's best umpires Jim Joyce. This expanded replay should also improve the trapped catches to see if an outfielder caught the ball before it hit the ground or if it bounced into the glove. Also, this replay can be used to decide whether a ball landed in fair or foul territory as there have been foul calls when the ball hit the line. So, the main question is how is this applied?

Major League Baseball should look at the way Little League Baseball has done their replay as they have it in the camera area right behind home plate with another umpire in there to help the umpire determine the call. Major League Baseball can look at the NFL in how they have someone in the press box looking at it and they can have the umpire go just off the field to one of the camera areas next one of the dugouts. This would allow calls to be quick and it would only add a couple of minutes to the game. The technology is good enough for Major League Baseball to expand instant replay and until they do, all these missed calls are Bud Selig's fault.

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