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Reviews Are In: MLB's Replay System Gets Mostly High Marks For First Week
Published April 10, 2014
TAKE IT OFF THE FIELD: SI’s Joe Sheehan writes through the first week of MLB’s new replay system, “we know two things: Replay works, and it can work much better than this.” There still are “kinks, and the biggest one, aside from the challenge limit,” is that managers “aren’t the ones deciding when to challenge.” There is “no way they can decide without access to video in the dugout, and teams have constructed elaborate games of telephone to connect their ‘replay coordinator’ in a small room inside the stadium with a bench coach in the dugout.” Sheehan: “You can fix these problems with one change: Take the teams out of the process.” MLB has "spent heavily on a review center” in its N.Y. HQs, “tricking it out with dozens of high-definition screens and wiring it to all 30 ballparks.” That room can “just as easily be staffed to instigate reviews, which could be done more quickly than the on-site phone relays that now start the process.” The N.Y. replay center also could “review all the plays in the first six innings, not just one or two” (SI, 4/14 issue).