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SBD/Issue 43/Leagues & Governing Bodies
MLB GMs Neglect To Address Expanding Instant Replay At Meetings
Published November 11, 2009
|Several GMs Say Instant Replay Never Open
To Discussion, Too Soon To Modify System
MIXED OPINIONS: MLB.com's Hal Bodley wrote, "Just the thought of umpires racing off the field to have a replay checked for something other than home runs angers me. Let's leave the human element of umpiring just where it is." MLB umpires "had a tough postseason, confessing after watching replays that they missed some calls that could have determined the outcome of the games in question," but MLB issues "go in cycles." Bodley: "I do not think that's reason to push the panic button and expand video replay" (MLB.com, 11/10). But YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Kaduk wrote the technology "could easily be there to provide a safety net for the human element on the field." Replay "came through without much lost time" on a home run by Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez in World Series Game Three, and Kaduk wrote, "Why not let it come through in other spots that are just as crucial? Why must this be so difficult?" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/10). SportsNet N.Y.'s Adam Schein: "You would think after what happened in the playoffs, this would be the first thing on the agenda" ("Loud Mouths," SportsNet N.Y., 11/10).
GOING GREEN: CBSSPORTS.com's Ray Ratto writes, "When replay makes lots of money, you'll have replay. Until then, you won't. Simple as that." Selig is "flexible and even aggressive when you can show him how he and his employers make more money off a change in procedure, but is otherwise a profound traditionalist" (CBSSPORTS.com, 11/11).