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SBD/Issue 34/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Selig Says He Is Proud Of Umps During Playoffs Despite Miscues
Published October 29, 2009
|Selig Feels Expanding Instant Replay
Would Break Pace Of The Game
NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT GOING FORWARD: Fox’ Joe Buck said while he did not believe expanded use of replay should be implemented during the World Series, “it needs to be looked at going forward in 2010 during the postseason alone.” Buck: “I just think there's too much technology out there and sophisticated viewers that look at these things in high definition and I think expect people to get it right. Maybe umpires after awhile would embrace knowing that they had that security blanket, that they didn't have to wake up the next day after a 10-1 game like they did after Game Four of the ALCS and read and look at all the missed calls” (“PTI,” ESPN, 10/28). L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke: "Bud Selig has done some great things for baseball. But for his legacy right now, I think it hangs in the balance with instant replay." Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said, "There has never been a lower time for baseball in regard to its umpiring. We've seen over the years in World Series mistakes made, but we haven't seen in the postseason mistake after mistake after mistake. Come into the new technology, new millennium, Bud” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/28).
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: In N.Y., Mike Puma notes the umpires working Phillies-Yankees World Series Game One "got one right," as a "group discussion in last night's fifth inning led the umpires to overturning an initial missed call." Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins caught an infield bloop, then threw to first for a double play, and replays confirmed that the umpires were "correct in their reversal." Crew Chief Gerry Davis said, "We got together to make sure we were all on the same page." Puma notes it "certainly was a step in the right direction for the umps during a postseason marred by bad calls" (N.Y. POST, 10/29).