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Does baseball need instant replay?
Thu, September 4, 2008

Baseball's first use of instant replay backed an onfield call of a home run for Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of the New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Rodriguez was denied a homer on May 21 at Yankee Stadium on a ball that cleared the fence but was not ruled a home run.
Full story: First use of instant replay backs onfield call

Does baseball need instant replay?



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No, nor should there be instant replay in any sport. Why, its played by humans who make how many mistakes and commit how many "mental" errors per game in ALL sports? The referees/umps/officials in all sports generally make very few if any mistakes and or errors in comparrison to players and coaches. Hell in baseball if you hit 25% (.250) for average your do'in good at the plate. How come I can't be 25% effective at my job? I don't make millions at my very low mistake tolerance. Officials make considerably less than the bottom feeder players and are expected to make perfect calls. How many mental and tactical errors are made in hockey before the goal? The answer is at least 5, the 5 in front of the goalie. (Except the Leafs, then there are hundreds, since the Ballard era).
Mike, 2008-10-23 15:50:50

Yes, of course baseball should have instant replay. How else can more TV sponsors get on board? There's no better way to lengthen a meaningless one of 162+ games that will ultimately last not only hours but hopefully days! Oh wait! There already is a game that lasts that long. It's called a "CRICKET MATCH", and we all know how exciting the North American Sports fan finds it! Don't we?
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-09-10 00:49:37

The time it has taken so far for the umpires to make the call via instant replay has not been an issue. They really need to fix the mind numbing pace the game is often played.


mb, 2008-09-05 20:06:31

Speed up the game by, 1)Just tell the batter to go to first on a called walk. 2) Don't allow the manager to come onto the field to talk to the pitcher. 3) Make the new pitcher, who is already warmed up, pitch without further warm up.

Then use replay to call the close ones.
Harry Lane, 2008-09-04 19:57:12

Lets see

Baseball is already 4.5+ hours long. Lets make it longer by adding instant replay. That should make things more interesting.

I always love sitting for 5 minutes while the refs and umps watch TV then come out and say more often then not, the decision stands. Talk about your excitement.


wayne, 2008-09-04 14:32:38

The use of replay depends on how you use it.

It certainly makes sense to use it in black-and-white situations, especially where an on-field/ice official is not always in the best position to properly see the play and make the right call.

When it involves calls that rely on judgment, or where the official has an excellent view on the play, then instant replay only serves to undermine the official's ability to make the right calls.
Russ, 2008-09-04 13:23:11

Let's face it, umps and referees are human and subject to mistakes. However, their mistakes should not affect the outcome of a game between two competitive teams for sports importance. The past week has seen numerous obvious errors by umps in baseball where players are called out when replays show them safe by a large amount and players have "trapped" fly balls but the ump was too far away to see it. How many of those plays at first base are really as definitive as the umps seems to call them?

Managers should have the right to question a certain number of calls in each game (like football) and the umps should be required to verify their call when the play is extremely close. Would this slow down the game? Certainly! However, it's far better to take a little extra time to make the "right" call instead of leaving a bad taste in somebody's mouth.
Hurricane, 2008-09-04 11:41:51

Yes for sure, the only downside is you won't see managers kicking dirt at the Umps anymore which was sometimes more entertaining than the games.......
Ed, 2008-09-04 11:40:12

I have always liked instant replay. Refs and umps are only human and can make judgment errors. In the best interest of fairness, the correct call is of utmost importance. However, I would like the time to make a decision held to a strict limit such that no replays are available when it expires and a decision must be made at that time.
Paul, 2008-09-04 11:33:29

Why should a home run be disallowed, why should a foul be called fair just because the umpire blew. the call. All sports have had instant replay for years, its called the fans.
James W. Sproat, 2008-09-04 10:01:14

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