so what do we think about ***INSTANT REPLAY***???

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Bud sayz it's gonna happen.
I think just for home runs.
At first, at least.

ILBB what doth thou think?

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 18 August 2008 19:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

is this either:
a) a sensible solution and long past due, in a limited capacity
b) the devils' work and the beginning of a slippery slope that leads directly to the complete electronic-ization of baseball all players being replaced by athletebots

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 18 August 2008 19:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

how about we just replace the umps w/ umpbots?

j.q higgins, Monday, 18 August 2008 19:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm fine with it, personally. home runs and even plays at the plate seem fair to me.

xpost - i'll get back to you about the umpbots

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 18 August 2008 19:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bring on the umpbots and a permanent banishment of the conditional/interpretive strike zone.

Human umpires reading digital wrist-affixed umpbot readouts would be acceptable -- might as well have the illusion of the "spontaneity" lost by imperfect/biased umpiring crews, just to appease some people.

Andy K, Monday, 18 August 2008 19:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Definitely pro for home runs and fair/foul calls. I know the thinking man's argument is for Questec-driven roboumps but I can't quite get down with that.

call all destroyer, Monday, 18 August 2008 19:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

all who do not obey will be replaced by robofans.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 18 August 2008 19:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

The epic tilt between Rapid City and Oregon last night was a hoot, was it not?

-- destroy all human calls, Monday, August 18, 2048 3:36 PM (40 years from now) Bookmark Link

Andy K, Monday, 18 August 2008 20:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

umps have issues:

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 15:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Umpires say they're unhappy that replay equipment is being installed away from the field in nearly all major league ballparks and say MLB wants to limit the number of umpires allowed to review replay monitors.

They also aren't pleased that MLB wants them to discuss the replays with umpire supervisors in New York before making a decision on whether to reverse a call. They claim MLB may not be able to provide replays for some rescheduled games.

these seem like issues worth protesting. why would the replay equipment have to be off the field? why should umps check with remote supervisors? seems silly

n/a, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 15:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

all nhl goal reviews are done centrally (in toronto).

if video is being used, why should it have to be done by the umpires on the scene? why put replay equipment everywhere when one place would be fine?

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 16:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

aren't nfl reviews done on the field, by the game's refs?

it just seems like giving up control of the game to some mysterious unseeable person in some other city is a bad step, or at least not the first step that MLB would want to take if they want to ingratiate instant replay to people who are opposed. also seems like it could potentially slow things down even more, especially if reviews need to be done in more than one simultaneous game at the same time (seems unlikely but could happen).

n/a, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 16:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I want replays on all close calls. I'm in no hurry.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 16:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

I am very against instant replay as a means of officiating the sport.
Baseball is a "judged sport" instrinsically.

felicity, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 17:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

I liked all the talk about what shenanigans the players will pull while they're hanging out on the bags while the umps try to work the remote control.

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 18:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd like to see less video, more sensors. Take a tip from fencing. Put sensors along the top of every wall in fair ground and along every foul pole. The sensors could even trigger things.. confetti and fireworks?

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 21 August 2008 00:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

an eject mechanism under the mound?

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Thursday, 21 August 2008 04:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I am very against instant replay as a means of officiating the sport.
Baseball is a "judged sport" instrinsically.

There's something to be said about getting a call right, you have to admit.

Leee, Thursday, 21 August 2008 04:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

it's a good idea, baseball is too fast-paced and razzle-dazzle oriented these days~

cankles, Thursday, 21 August 2008 09:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is it a given that instant replay will slow down the game? Waiting for a call couldn't take much longer than an umpiring crew and one or two managers arguing. Just have the sausages or dots or Todd Jones at the ready for entertainment, or something.

Andy K, Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

im surprised at all the support for it here tbh... i dont like the idea. im with felicity; baseball is a judged sport, and these calls tend to even out in the end.

i guess to me its one of those "there are so many great baseball stories/conversations" about bad calls, phantom tags, foul/hr slipups, this ump sucks and lost us the game. i like that element of all sports conversation.

max, Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like correct calls better. (but then, I've seen two Yankee world championships facilitated by blown calls)

Umps approve:

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 21 August 2008 14:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

So if instant replay is used for fair/foul and home run calls, then is there still a need for having six umps on the field during the playoffs? (this is a serious question, I think)

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 24 August 2008 17:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

only one all powerful robot will be required.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 25 August 2008 05:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

these calls tend to even out in the end.

over the span of years, yes. during the course of one critical game, no.

Granny Dainger, Monday, 25 August 2008 21:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

so...... get over it????

max, Monday, 25 August 2008 21:27 (ten years ago) Permalink


Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 16:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

"I hope we get to throw a red hankie like NFL coaches when we want to challenge a call," Piniella said with a smile. "It would be great to finally be able to throw something out onto the field and not get ejected."

mattbot, Wednesday, 27 August 2008 17:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Joe Sheehan:

By rule, I have to express an opinion on this, so here goes: bring on the cameras. Replay usage on home-run calls only? Not even enough. I want it on the basepaths, on disputed catches, to call balls and strikes, and I want two cameras tracking Doug Eddings from the moment he leaves his hotel room in the morning. Baseball games should be decided by the players, not by low-paid middle-management functionaries of dubious competence and excessive self-worth.

With that said, the implementation here is terrible, with all of the umpires leaving the field to look at a camera. It smacks of the umpires wanting this to be a spectacle that garners attention and creates negative feedback. Create 15 New York-based jobs, have those men rotate through shifts at MLB Advanced Media's offices in Chelsea, and have the calls made from that location. Or better still, add a man to each umpiring crew who sits in the booth and makes the call when necessary. In the time it takes a manager to come out and argue, you can look at a dozen replays from a half-dozen angles and have the call made correctly.

It's a good thing that MLB is allowing technology to step in where human eyes fail. The next step is to recognize that human eyes fail almost completely at the job of making tenth-of-a-second delineations between when a ball hits a glove and a foot hits a bag, or the task of tracking a small object moving at 95 mph in three dimensions. The future of umpiring is now—-bring on the cameras.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 28 August 2008 15:41 (ten years ago) Permalink


Andy K, Thursday, 28 August 2008 16:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Baseball games should be decided by the players, not by low-paid middle-management functionaries of dubious competence and excessive self-worth.

Umps get nearly all the calls right, even the close ones, even the "tenth-of-a-second delineations between when a ball hits a glove and a foot hits a bag" calls. They're a LOT more competent, as a group, than officials in virtually every other major sport. And more importantly, decisions made by umps are usually not subjective, of the "do I call a foul here or not" variety. *Some* use of instant replay will be a good thing, and I'm a lot more partial to Bud's view on this than I am to Joe Sheehan and his proposal for five-hour games.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

mods: can we ban joe sheehan and will carroll?

Steve Shasta, Thursday, 28 August 2008 19:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think JS is talkin' bout an evolution

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 28 August 2008 19:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

They're a LOT more competent, as a group, than officials in virtually every other major sport.

nah it's just an easier game to officiate than every other major sport.

Granny Dainger, Thursday, 28 August 2008 20:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

bcz hoops refs don't call anything.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 28 August 2008 20:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

except for their bookies amirite

Granny Dainger, Thursday, 28 August 2008 21:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

ha hhahaa

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Friday, 29 August 2008 00:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Last night, Tommy Hutton (Marlins broadcast) said instant replay will make games "five, six hours long."


Andy K, Friday, 4 June 2010 14:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

no recollection of starting this thread.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Friday, 4 June 2010 16:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's a good idea, baseball is too fast-paced and razzle-dazzle oriented these days~

― cankles, Thursday, August 21, 2008 5:25 AM (1 year ago)

ksh, Friday, 4 June 2010 16:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...


You just can't have these missed calls and maintain your authenticity. You just can't. Not over time. And replay seems the most viable answer.* So if baseball has to give up some time and a bit of tradition to get the calls right, then I think sooner or later -- sooner -- they will have to do that.

*It may not be the only answer, though. I was talking to a baseball insider who says that baseball could fix a lot of these problems by rethinking how umpires do their job. He thinks umpires could work together better as a team (could the third base umpire have helped out on that Buster Posey stolen base), he thinks they could be positioned better, he thinks they could be trained better. I'm skeptical ... but I'm also for any answer that will get us the right calls much more often.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 October 2010 17:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm also for any answer that will get us the right calls much more often.


In "Bob" There Is No East or West (WmC), Friday, 8 October 2010 17:23 (eight years ago) Permalink


"Triple-round playoffs have all sorts of symptoms, but mostly they're a matter of scale. With so many more playoff games played in the wild-card era, every season and season after season, hardly a game goes by when one Yankee or another isn't setting some sort of record for most post-season hits or runs or full counts. It's all well and good, an act of vengeance on the record books where the present gets to blot out the feats of Octobers past, against leagues with their own historical handicaps.

But one of the other unavoidable symptoms of the simple fact of there being more post-season baseball every October is that you end up raising the odds of more Denkinger moments. Worse yet, there ends up being that much more at stake when Eric Gregg puts too much sugar on his corn flakes. The imperfect necessity of umpiring has long depended on the same basic assumption that Churchill asserted that democracy rests upon—it may well be the worst form of officiating ballgames, but for the alternatives.

That was an easy enough assertion during Churchill's lifetime. Unfortunately for the men in black in the present, mistakes don't just get made, they get catalogued and dissected. Calls for replay, however haphazardly they get dismissed by Bud Selig as a minor dissatisfaction, get better and better support for their arguments every October, because that's when the magnification on the inevitable human errors gets ratcheted up from the irked and perhaps indulgent to the understandably outraged. Perhaps worse still—for umpires, obviously, but perhaps for the game as well—the same comfortable, ready faith in technological perfectability that delivers a dubious certitude about Gamecast and PITCHf/x data informs arguments that the time for technological solutions is now."

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 October 2010 17:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Player-ump relationships to be on table

Andy K, Friday, 8 October 2010 17:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

i would love to see balls and strikes called by pitchF/X and contested close plays be reviewed by a 'video booth umpire', i don't think it would slow the games down significantly at all. i suspect it won't happen anytime soon though unless some other semi-high-profile league like NPB starts doing it and people have a successful example to point to.

ciderpress, Friday, 8 October 2010 18:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

is the fangraphs crowdsourcing tool not able to livepoll mlb extra innings subscribers? i've voted in a few NY1 pat kiernan polls via my remote control.

sanskrit, Saturday, 9 October 2010 04:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

what happened to tennis when it went from line judge to lasers? was it a big deal?

Fartbritz Sootzveti (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 9 October 2010 04:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

reactions were mixed at first - the technology is only accurate to like, 3 millimeters, and a couple of guys (safin, federer) made a big deal out of that. it's been overwhelmingly successful though. it's an incredibly significant improvement especially when the line in question is opposite the chair umpire and s/he doesn't feel comfortable overruling the call. and it's not like the lines are called by robots only; players appeal a call with which they disagree. really the biggest controversies are (1) abusing the system to buy yourself extra time and (2) looking to your coach's box to ask if you should challenge a call. women are bigger offenders on both fronts

avoyoungdro's number (k3vin k.), Saturday, 9 October 2010 04:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

it takes like ten seconds too - added match time is negligible

avoyoungdro's number (k3vin k.), Saturday, 9 October 2010 04:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, why not test it out in spring training or interleague? or in japan?

Fartbritz Sootzveti (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 9 October 2010 04:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

re "in moderation" -- I don't want a system where managers can challenge 20 ball/strike calls per game.


NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 20:52 (six years ago) Permalink

i can't imagine it would cover balls and strikes

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:51 (six years ago) Permalink

no, that's for the improved K Zone in 10-15 years.


World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:33 (six years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

#Yankees Dewayne Wise dove into LF stands. Ball clanked off his glove & was picked up by fan 3 seats away. Called a catch by Mike Dimuro.

Andy K, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 01:15 (six years ago) Permalink

instant replay would only hamper the yankees; can't have it

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 01:25 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

...pending owner approval at the winter meetings.

cops on horse (WilliamC), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Neyer has some thoughts

Here's what UNLIMITED VIDEO REVIEW might well mean: After every close play, everybody in the ballpark -- the umpires on the field, the players, the fans, the broadcasters -- would stop whatever they're doing, and look up toward the press box, where presumably this extra umpire will be stationed. Upon him and him alone, the fate of the world rests. That's a lot of pressure, plus you're asking an umpire to second-guess his colleagues many times per game. Which won't be any fun at all.

So it wouldn't be any fun, and it would slow the game down, and it would shift everyone's attention away from the field (where it should be) to the press box (where it shouldn't be).

Now, one could add a wrinkle. The umpire in the booth might not be the final arbiter. Instead, he might quickly flag questionable plays, so quickly that perhaps nobody would bother waiting for him. If it's not immediately questionable, play continues apace. If it's truly questionable -- I'm guessing this would happen three or four times per game -- the guy in the booth could halt play, and hand things off to the boys in New York with all their high-def monitors and super-slo-mo gizmos and whatnot.

But none of this is really easy, or simple. If it was, they would have done it already.

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:27 (five years ago) Permalink

rip managerial ejections

ty based gay dead computer god (zachlyon), Friday, 16 August 2013 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

this is huge

combination hair (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 16 August 2013 02:08 (five years ago) Permalink

In my opinion, it worked in ice hockey, fwiw.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 16 August 2013 02:12 (five years ago) Permalink

under very limited circumstances, tho -- nashville couldn't protest matt duchene being a mile offside for instance

mookieproof, Friday, 16 August 2013 02:23 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

arizona fall league is testing instant replay challenges this week

tonight's game featured seven reviews and three reversals

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 November 2013 06:43 (five years ago) Permalink

To marry this change with enforcing the pitch time limit wd be cool.

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 November 2013 15:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Would managers challenge all walk-off plays?

francisF, Thursday, 7 November 2013 18:19 (five years ago) Permalink

people thought that would happen in tennis but it by and large hasn't, it's kind of an etiquette thing i guess

twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Thursday, 7 November 2013 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink

To marry this change with enforcing the pitch time limit wd be cool.

yeah, they're going to need to avoid adding 15 minutes onto game lengths. although i guess maybe televised games could do some of their precious commercials while the plays are under review.

reckless woo (Z S), Thursday, 7 November 2013 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

no the public demands 8 angles in that time, even if the result is obvious.

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 November 2013 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

commercials during reviews would just be additional -- it's not like they'd reduce between-innings ads

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 November 2013 19:09 (five years ago) Permalink


twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Thursday, 7 November 2013 19:11 (five years ago) Permalink

well i shouldn't complain. more commercials are good for the game because it feeds into the trillions of tv $ that each team gets, which in turn enables every GM to occasionally go on a bender and wake up having signed a 8 year $200 million+ contract with 31 year old home run hitter

reckless woo (Z S), Thursday, 7 November 2013 19:13 (five years ago) Permalink

two manager's challenges per team per game. So, the human element will still blow some games!

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 November 2013 20:27 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Just making shit up.

Instant replay challenge rules continue to change: Now its one challenge in 1st 7 IP and one extra if you win challenge; 1 after 7th #MLB

Andy K, Wednesday, 11 December 2013 19:52 (five years ago) Permalink

so on the BP podcast today they reported a rumor that 'the neighborhood play' will not be reviewable, and Sam Miller said that wd be crap, cuz it's bad to have rules that are actually never enforced in the rulebook.

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 December 2013 16:51 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

And baseball expects most reviews to be completed in "about a minute," he said, with occasional reviews taking up to a minute and a half.

Seems optimistic, but besides that, I'm really happy they finally did this.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 17 January 2014 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

What's the statute of limitations? I want them to credit the '92 Jays with that triple play, and there are two or three other postseason series they may have to play over.

clemenza, Friday, 17 January 2014 00:34 (five years ago) Permalink

btw teams can now show any replays on the videoboard.

also umpires will never leave the field! they get the word from MLB behind home plate.

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Friday, 17 January 2014 09:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Christmas in April-October

Andy K, Friday, 17 January 2014 23:28 (five years ago) Permalink

also, the NEIGHBORHOOD PLAY is not reviewable! so break them rules at second.

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 18 January 2014 02:00 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

some interesting details in here that i didn't know about (not that i've been following it that closely). it's good that they'll apparently begin to review plays before a team makes an official appeal - that should cut down on the time it takes. also,

The replay official has three possible calls. Confirmed: If replay shows clear evidence that the umps got it right. Stands: The replay was too close to tell one way or the other. Overturned: If there is inarguable evidence that a mistake was made.

While this is going on, teams will now be allowed to show close plays on their video boards. If calls are confirmed or overturned, the technician will then forward the decisive angle to the stadium so that it can be shown on the scoreboard as well as on the television broadcasts. To further add transparency and fan-friendliness, a written explanation of the decision will be posted on

I don't care if you're Black Sabbath, James White, or Deep Purple (Karl Malone), Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Good review of some of the possible complications and loopholes:

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 29 March 2014 12:53 (five years ago) Permalink

The bigger potential issue will be stalling by managers. This wasn't a big deal in spring training because nothing was on the line, but I suspect we'll see some strange shenanigans once the real games begin. When issuing a challenge, a manager is supposed to leave the dugout and issue his challenge to the umpire (there will be no flag tossing as in the NFL). But there appears to be a gray area here.

If a manager goes out to argue a call, how long before the umpire demands to know whether he's issuing a challenge? Teams will be allowed to monitor replays from the clubhouse and have some sort of relay system to alert the manager on whether to challenge, so I suspect we may see a lot of arguments in which the manager keeps looking back into dugout for the bench coach to scratch his armpit.

Fredi Gonzalez has gone out to argue/stall 3 times tonight and gone back in without any challenges.

Oren Zombarchi (WilliamC), Saturday, 12 April 2014 01:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess we'll see "clarifications" on that part of the rule soon where they limit the number of times a manger can leave the dugout, but they could just have the on-deck batter stall and go back to the dugout three times to switch bats or tuck in his shirt.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 12 April 2014 11:31 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought a manager had 30sec to issue a challenge?

francisF, Saturday, 12 April 2014 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Still a few bugs to be worked out. (Braves score 2 runs on a ball Freddie Freeman hit off his own foot into fair territory -- the umps didn't see it and it's not a reviewable play.)

hey, big dispender (WilliamC), Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure what the hell happened there... it looked like it hit the dirt right next to his foot, but the bounce sure was funny.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Bryan Price wouldn't take "call stands" for an answer, gets tossed in 1st vs. Braves.

Alvarius B. Goode (WilliamC), Sunday, 27 April 2014 18:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Yikes--Baseball Reference includes challenge-related data on a manager's page:

Formulas and year-end awards to follow.

clemenza, Friday, 9 May 2014 23:33 (five years ago) Permalink

baseball-reference has been going nuts with awesome new stuff lately <3

mookieproof, Friday, 9 May 2014 23:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't get me wrong, I'm always in favour of new data, it just seems weird that the page goes right from the most basic stuff imaginable--wins, losses, divisional rank--to challenges. Is there nothing else about a manager between here and there worth keeping track of? Average innings from a starter, sacrifices, pinch-hitters, shifts, trips to the mound--about a million things, I would think.

clemenza, Friday, 9 May 2014 23:55 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"We have begun to examine the Crew Chief Review in tonight's Reds-Marlins game, which resulted in a violation of Rule 7.13, the call being overturned and a run scoring on the play. We plan to discuss this situation further with the appropriate parties tomorrow, and we will communicate with the Clubs after our discussion about this play."

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 August 2014 19:58 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I know this isn't exactly enlightened analysis, but this was certainly much more fun than watching guys stand around a phone, waiting to hear back from New York.

"He's gotta get out the way! He's gotta get out of the way!"

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 September 2014 01:10 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

cardinals vs reds

there was a force out play at 2B, the runner appeared to beat the throw, and the fielder appeared to be off the bag when he caught it anyway. call on the field was out. it was reviewed. they declared him to be...out.

he was clearly safe. like, not in that too-close-to-call gray zone, but clearly, without-a-doubt safe. so ???

1992 ball boy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 6 August 2015 19:06 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Pitcher Chris Young otm:

"The biggest thing I'd like to see is the automatic strike zone," Young said. "It's the single most important aspect to the game and the most subjective aspect. Umpires do an amazing job, but they're human beings, and there's a margin of error there. To me, that would speed up the game dramatically.

"Half the time now it's guys stepping out of the box, asking where the call was. It doesn't eliminate the home-plate umpire. You still need him for check swings, plays at the plate. It makes his job easier. And you know what you're going to get. I know when I step off the mound, half the time it's to think, 'OK, don't get wrapped up in the call.' I gather myself, compose myself. But it takes a minute. We're human beings. We get focused on what we consider a missed call."

Andy K, Thursday, 27 August 2015 16:07 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Interesting bizniz at the Cubs-Braves game -- on a passed ball or wild pitch, Camargo came home but was called out on the tag. The replay seems to show him pretty clearly safe, but the call was upheld by the replay official. Joe Simpson flat-out accused them of covering for the ump's shitty call ("protecting the brotherhood"), which had Chip Caray trying to calm the waters in the next half inning.

WilliamC, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 01:34 (one year ago) Permalink

wasn't there a reversed replay call involving the A's about a week ago that everyone was mad about? i don't think recall umps are "protecting the brotherhood" but the wording about needing clear and definitive proof to overturn (or however it's phrased) gives them a convenient reason to not overturn (i didn't see camargo being "pretty clearly safe" in the replay personally, but i am a cubs fan obv)

na (NA), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:40 (one year ago) Permalink

That was one of the WORST replay reviews I’ve ever seen.

Call on the field meant nothing?

— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) May 12, 2018

that's the reversal i was referring to

na (NA), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:41 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...


— Josh Reddick (@RealJoshReddick) September 10, 2018

Andy K, Monday, 10 September 2018 13:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

starting to think instant replay is bad for the game

frogbs, Monday, 10 September 2018 14:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

I bet the 1985 Cardinals wd disagree

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 September 2018 14:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

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