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SBD/Issue 21/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Call For Expanded MLB Replay Grows Louder With Playoff Mishaps
Published October 12, 2009
|Repeated Close Calls In Postseason Have
Re-Ignited Talks Of Adding More Replay
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT: In N.Y., Mike Vaccaro wrote under the header, "Lack Of Replay Is A Major League Foul-Up." Why does MLB -- "in an age of high-definition, in a time when ballgames are televised by using more than a dozen cameras all over ballparks" -- only allow "home runs to be replayed?" Getting calls "right, especially in October, shouldn't just be a wish, it should be a requirement" (N.Y. POST, 10/11). YAHOO SPORTS' Jeff Passan wrote MLB should "take the cue from football" for its use of instant replay. Passan: "Use a red replay flag. Each team gets two per game." Nobody inside MLB "wants a postseason defined by its umpiring screw-ups, and yet year after year, they happen. ... Ignoring the issue won't make it go away" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/10). SI.com's Joe Posnanski wrote replay is "inescapable now because these playoffs have been an umpiring disaster." While it is "probably just a bad run of high-profile missed calls," it has "felt like an epidemic." This is the "sort of thing that gets people talking," and the "arguments against replay don't make a whole lot of sense" (SI.com, 10/10). ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian said, "If we go too far with this, the rhythm of the game is really going to be damaged. ... If you can find a way to do this without disrupting the game and the rhythm of the game, I’m all for it. I just don’t know if you can.” But ESPN’s Eduardo Perez, noting the missed fair ball call in Yankees-Twins, said, “When it’s blatant like this, something has to be done” (“Baseball Tonight,” ESPN2, 10/11).
WEATHER OR NOT: In St. Petersburg, Tom Jones noted MLB delayed this season because of the WBC in March, and "can you imagine how cold it might be two weeks from now in New York, Philadelphia and Denver -- all cities that could still be hosting baseball games?" MLB might need to "schedule more day-night doubleheaders during the season." Teams could "still have full gates for 81 home games, but if they could knock even a week out of the regular-season schedule, it might help avoid some of the chilly weather" (TAMPABAY.com, 10/11).