Instant Replay Officially Approved in Baseball

Throughout the off-season, we’ve heard a lot about how MLB will most likely be adding instant replay in 2014. Today that became official, as all parties involved approved replay for the upcoming season.

Now if we can retroactively replay the Jerry Meals call…

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  • leefoo

    And they’ll STILL find a way to mess it up.

    Just see “Referees, NFL” for proof.

  • leadoff

    I saw how bad the umpires were in the Arizona fall league when they tried instant replay, the key is not to make new rules or put replays in, the key is to get competent people to officiate pro sports and keep officials out of unions, even though I am a union man, officials should not be in unions, their errors can not be tolerated on a percentage basis. If an umpire gets 90% of the balls and strikes right the union standard might say 90% is a good percentage and he can keep his job, why bring instant replay in? if base umpires get 90% of their calls right why not just forgive the 10% they get wrong like we do with plate umpires? A game can hinge on a ball or strike just like it can on a botched play at 2B.
    Note I am using 90% as a guideline, I don’t really know what the excusable percentage is I just know there is one.

    • belfry

      I agree, Leadoff. However, the technology exists to greatly reduce the judicial role of the home plate umpire’s human failings. I believe it should be addressed.
      As far as the 90% (or whatever the margin of error is acceptable) goes, it’s a sad commentary on baseball and our society as a whole. Unions are mostly obsessed with quantity- not quality.

  • JuniataKid

    Will they review balls and strikes? I remember watching a Yankees/Orioles game. Strike three was called a ball. It was clearly a strike. The guy should have been out. Next pitch, home run. Game over. Balls and strikes are just as important as boundary calls. Either review everything or review nothing. Since everything would take forever, I’d prefer nothing.

    • Y2JGQ2

      Hey- if a manager wants to waste their review on a ball/strike, let them. It won’t take longer, its still only 1 review allowed. As long as we are comfortable that we have the technology to accurately state whether its a strike or not. I’m not sure we do…..

  • piratemike

    The problem is that …”Instant Replay” ……is far from instant.
    Instead of having an umpire watching a monitor and signaling down to the field umpires the proper call they have to go through this idiotic process of challenges and rituals.
    The umpires get a challenge then they gather in a huddle then go somewhere under the stadium to look at a replay that everybody at home and an umpire in a booth has already seen.
    One of the criticisms of baseball is slow play and now they are slowing it even more.
    They say it will speed up games because it will eliminate arguments but if they want to speed up games eliminate hitters walking half way to the dugout after every pitch and catchers running out to the mound constantly and warm up pitches after a RP has already warmed up in the bullpen and there must be at least dozen more things.
    Getting the call right is one thing but making a long game more tedious is stupid. I would rather do without instant replay the way they are going about it.

    • Y2JGQ2

      Disagree Pirate Mike. Unfortunately or funately, baseball is a game of strategy and suspense. Take that away and you lose what made it great. It was slow, is slow, was always slow, will forever be slow. That’s the game. That’s the way it always will be. FOr today’s youth that has ADHD, they can stay home and play video games if they prefer. I make no excuses for baseball. Short attention spans be damned. If i’m paying $30 for a seat, i’d prefer to be there longer than 2 hours anyways.

      • piratemike

        I beg to disagree Games used to run a little over 2 hrs. now the are routinely 3 – 3 1/2.

  • tentooneodds

    is there a method of tracking correctly called balls and strikes based on the umpire, as a percentage?

  • CalipariFan506

    This is going to really make the “neighborhood play” on double play turns interesting.

  • glassers

    Simply stated ” I hate it ” . They have removed the human element from the game . Balls and strikes will come next .

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