Articles matching tag: Instant Replay
- Column: Is It Time To Get Rid Of Replay?January 4, 2018
If the names Don Denkinger and Jim Joyce ring a bell, you know why we have instant replay in sports. The two former MLB umps are part of MLB history – for the wrong reason. Denkinger famously blew a call at first base in game six of the 1985 World Series when he called Kansas City Royals pinch-hitter Jorge Orta safe on an infield squibbler. Orta, leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with the St. Louis Cardinals up 3-2 and on the verge of closing out the Series, was clearly out. With two outs in the inning, the Royals scored two runs, won the game 4-3 and won game seven the next night. As any Cardinals fan will tell you, Denkinger’s gaff cost St. Louis the World Series.
- Column: MLB's Instant Replay Doesn't Please EveryoneNovember 3, 2016
Baseball may be the sport most rooted in its traditions. Therefore, it should surprise no one that MLB was the last major sport to adopt instant replay. And not surprisingly, not everyone believes the current system improves the game. Instant replay was first introduced in Major League Baseball in 2008. Initially, it was limited to reviewing home runs. But since an expanded version of instant replay was adopted in 2014, managers can ask umpires to review plays on the bases, trapped balls and virtually everything else with the exception of balls and strikes. Those who believe that the most important thing is to get every call right are even clamoring for “robot umps” behind the plate.
- Column: MLB Must Protect CatchersAugust 19, 2013
Major League Baseball recently announced the league will expand replay next year to include everything but balls and strikes. MLB’s goal to get all calls right, laudable as it may be, is nonetheless controversial. Purists believe baseball is eliminating the “human element” by imitating the NFL. But that may not be such a bad thing, given that football is the most popular sport and the NFL is the highest grossing professional league in the country. Erroneous calls by umpires are an infrequent – albeit much publicized – occurrence and have little overall impact on the outcome of games. The biggest influence on the outcome of a game is not whether a ball is caught or trapped, fair or foul, but the home plate umpire. Every umpire has a different strike zone and until baseball is prepared to use robots to call balls and strikes the home plate umpire will continue to have more to do with which team wins and which one loses than anything else that takes place on a baseball diamond.