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Should MLB use instant replay more often?

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 10, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It wasn’t surprising that the-double-that-wasn’t was still a topic during today’s workouts, with both managers giving their opinion on whether MLB should allow umpires to utilize instant replay in more situations than it is currently.

Here’s Girardi’s take: “The thing about baseball is it’s a real rhythm game … (so) if you were to start to instant replay all these plays, I think it would break the rhythm of the game, and our games all get to be four games long. I like the way they are doing it, just home run calls, those are important plays.

Here’s Gardenhire’s take: The great thing about baseball is the human elements involved, and we always want to keep it that way, not easy when you are in New York. The lines are short and it’s not easy, so there you have it. You are going to have a few. We made enough mistakes ourselves and we missed opportunities to win the game ourselves, too. It just goes that way sometimes. I think if you saw the last game against Detroit, (there was a pitch that) looked like it might have (Inge’s) jersey. That was a run, that game could have went that way, so breaks are part of it and it went against us this time.”

Here’s my take: I’m weird in that I love technology for so many things (including my iPhone) but am generally against it in sports, especially when it comes to officials. Basically, errors are part of the game for everyone … except officials? I don’t like that. And I wrote about it once before, so check that column out here if you’re interested.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m. CST: I know my take on this is unusual and just looking at some of the comments already reminds me of the e-mails I got when that column came out. I think part of my hesitance on replay is that I don’t ever want there to be a day where there are no umpires at all because they’ve been replaced by robots or cameras or something. That would be wrong.

I also think it’d be wrong to have human umpires but have every call they make subject to some review, and I fear that when you open it up and start using replay for one thing, it’s only a matter of time before you want it for everything. And that would just be sad for baseball, I think. Whatever you may think about the “men in blue,” they’re a part of the game and should stay that way.




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