I’m sure you have all seen the play by now. In what should have been the final out of last night’s game, Greg Golson was said to have trapped a ball that replay showed he clearly caught. The Yankees argued and the umpires huddled, to no avail. The batter was awarded first base, and Jim Thome was allowed to bat as the tying run. Mariano Rivera got him to pop out to end the threat and make the issue less controversial, but the play was infuriating as it happened and highlighted the stubborn idiocy that marks the official position of Major League Baseball on this issue. If everyone in America but the people who are making the call are aware within 45 seconds that a mistake was made, we have a problem that is not without a solution. We simply have an obstinate commissioner who refuses to see the handwriting on the wall and will not do what is best for the game and its fans.
Ed Price was asking for possible solutions on Twitter, suggesting that he has yet to hear a workable plan to fix this issue. I think adding an umpire in a booth with a video technician would be a simple and effective solution. Being that those of us watching on TV tend to know quite quickly if the “human element” has fouled things up, the video ump should be able to buzz down to the crew chief and have the call overturned rather rapidly. If people really have a problem with the amount of time such a process would take (not much at all), they can make it illegal for a manager to come onto the field to dispute a call. Eliminating such worthless arguments would cut the amount of time expended due to a poor call, and would carve out time to get the call right through video replay. While some calls might be too close to tell and therefore would not be overturned, that is not a problem. The issue is not that the umpires are missing calls, as that is to be expected. The issue is that they are missing easy calls that can be changed quickly by using a bit of technology that is readily available.
What would you do about instant replay?
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