Re: Don't blame the ump
posted at 7/30/2013 12:44 PM EDT
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to Soxdog67's comment:
In response to Hammah29r2's comment:
the bottom line is that we need total instant replay in all cases on very close plays. if they can review balls hitting the foul line or home runs that are questionable, why not a bang,bang play at the plate?
I agree and disagree with this comment...having instant replay for every close play would further slow down a game that is losing fans because of its slowness.
There needs to be another alternative...and I would suggest one of the following:
- 5th Umpire in the pressbox to review replay and advise the umpire on the field of a mis-call, only if it is clear cut and not questionable. Sometimes the replay will not provide a definitive answer and the call on the field should stand. But this takes place within a minute of the play occurring.
- Allow each manager to request a replay once a game by throwing a red flag. This would allow the umpires on the field to take the time to review the replay themselves and get to the right decision...but just once a game.
All I know is that the solution should not slow games down any more than there already are...MLB doesn't need Sox/Yankees games to push 5 hours long because of replays.
I think all HR, fair/foul and plays at the plate should be available to review. No red flags like football. Ive also been suggesting a 5th umpire replay idea, although set up in a central location like NHL (which I prefer). One ump get on the horn and its done. put a phone in the home dugout. Quick and simple.
The same bottom line though. Get the important, game changing calls right.
They've had replay at the Little League World Series for a few years now. On a close call, the manager can ask the ump for a replay, there's a 7th ump (they use 6 at the Series) in the official scorers area looking at the TV replay, the ump comes over, gets the ruling and the game moves on. Usually takes about a minute.
No reason MLB can't instiute something similar, other the Umpires Union ego.