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SBD/Issue 35/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Selig Reiterates Stance Against Expanding Instant Replay
Published October 30, 2009
|Selig Says He Likes The
Human Element In Baseball
IT'S A MISTAKE: In N.Y., Costello & Greenberg note "another botched call by the umpires" took place during Thursday's Phillies-Yankees Game Two when first base umpire Brian Gorman called Phillies 2B Chase Utley "out on an eighth-inning-ending double play." Replays "showed Utley was safe and the inning should have continued with runners on first and second base." Crew Chief Jerry Davis said it would bother him to have this call lumped with other missed calls "because (it was) very, very close" (N.Y. POST, 10/30). In Philadelphia, Matt Gelb writes two "controversial calls late in Game 2 marred" the Yankees' victory. Gelb also notes by the "end of the seventh, fans at Yankee Stadium were chanting, 'We want replay!'" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/30). ESPN's Mike Greenberg: "The game last night again is marred by two terrible calls, and this is a shame. ... For the umpiring to be as much a part of the story as it is this morning is a shame." ESPN's Buster Olney: "I thought last night was a classic example of why you absolutely need and want instant replay in the game" ("Mike & Mike in the Morning," ESPN, 10/29). YAHOO SPORTS' Jeff Passan wrote it is "confounding to see players and managers and executives pooh-pooh the idea of instant replay when MLB is approaching a dozen missed calls in its most important month of the season." Passan: "It's laughable at this point. It really is" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/30).
Selig Admits He Hates Playing
World Series Into November
OTHER TOPICS: Selig was enthused at Thursday’s news of an 11.9 fast national rating for Game One, the best Series-opening mark since '04. “It’s remarkable. But our ratings have been good throughout the postseason.” Selig also reiterated his desire to see daytime World Series games, but added he did not know how or when that could be done. He did praise Fox, however, for agreeing to roll back most of the game start times to 7:57pm ET. Meanwhile, the return of Mark McGwire to the Cardinals as hitting coach brought more plaudits from Selig for the embattled slugger, with whom he has held a long friendship. When questioned about McGwire, Selig took the opportunity to reiterate the game’s ongoing work in drug testing and steroid-use prevention. “When he comes back, you will all have a lot of opportunities to talk to him. The fact that he’s coming back gives you an opportunity you wouldn’t have had. Think about that" (Fisher).