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Opinions On MLB Replay Still Mixed After One Month, But Selig Calls Results "Amazing"
Published April 29, 2014
VIEW FROM ABOVE: In St. Louis, Rick Hummel wrote the "initial furor" over replay "seems to have subsided." MLB Special On-Field Committee member Tony La Russa, one of the architects of the system, said he thinks it has been “remarkably effective,” but noted there have been “occasional hiccups.” La Russa also "lauded the umpires who were taking their weeklong tours in reviewing plays" in the N.Y. command post. Hummel noted through the first three and a half weeks of the season, the "average time between challenge filed and result received" was 1 minute, 58 seconds (01:58), or "less than a commercial break between innings." MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said that he considered the results thus far “amazing." Selig: “I don’t think we had a right to expect it to be this good this fast. I watch a lot of NFL games and (officials) make mistakes all day long and nobody says a word about it. All of a sudden, we put in a new system and it becomes a big deal. I think it’s phenomenal and it will get better and I’m a guy who three or four years ago wasn’t crazy about it" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/27).
EYE IN THE SKY: In Cincinnati, Paul Daugherty writes under the header, “If MLB Replay Isn’t Perfect, What Good Is It?” The umpires on Sunday “missed a call” when Reds P Johnny Cueto picked off Braves CF B.J. Upton at first base. A photo "caught the moment, and reinforced it: Upton was out.” Daugherty: “Was the guy in New York minding the TV screens wearing a Braves cap?” (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/29).