Baseball has tried to take steps to improve the pace of games in recent seasons and it has helped. The players do a lot less strolling around the plate then they used and most pitchers actually throw the ball in a reasonable amount of time.
At the risk of occasionally forfeiting some of those gains, the sport needs instant replay.
Not for everything. The umpires should make all the calls on the bases free of technology. Otherwise it would become a circus. And the last thing baseball needs are “challenges” like the NFL.
My idea is simple: Replay only for disputed home runs and fan interference, at the complete discretion of the crew chief.
The umps blew that call on Carlos Delgado’s home run off the foul pole last night. Flat-out blew it. With so many new parks having weird angles and uneven dimensions, the umpires need the help. But even traditional old Yankee Stadium created a problem last night.
Replay would come into play once or twice a week, I would guess. Home runs are so significant that they need to be called correctly.
A bad call benefited the Yankees last night. Who’s to say it won’t hurt them tomorrow? Let the umps take a quick look and get it right.