As you already know, we here at Balls do not like anything that interferes with our ability to enjoy baseball as it was meant to be enjoyed: at a leisurely pace, with a cool beverage in hand. So, cheers to Bud Selig who is promising to experiment with instant replay to review certain umpires’ calls. A series of recent blown calls involving home runs has sparks a popular outcry for video replay.
By and large baseball writers seem to like the idea. But not me. I generally reject the whole “human element is part of the game” argument. I like instant replay in hockey and football. But I really think the human element is part of the game in baseball. Granted, umps shouldn’t be blowing home run calls (what’s so freakin’ difficult
– did it go over the fence or not?) but I would really hate it if they start reviewing close calls on the base paths, or fair/foul calls. Leave the umps in charge. And besides, instant replay would cut down on manager arguments and ejections…which means we’ll never have another genius like Earl Weaver.
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