Re: October revelation
posted at 10/28/2013 4:41 PM EDT
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
Why is baseball going to allow managers to "challenge" plays as they do in the NFL?
Why have they decided this is necessary?
Because they know it's necessary. Just like football, the camera doesn't lie. These guys make too many mistakes.
In Postseason they add two umpires. In Postseason you get controversial calls every year. Shouldn't there be less controversy when you have two more sets of eyes? It reminds of Hockey when they added another referee and still were unable to see hooking, holding, slashing going on all over the ice....what's the point?
It's too bad that these "challenges" won't include the part of the game that the umps seem most "challenged" and can't seem to get right....balls and strikes. If the same umpire is behind the plate for both teams, why does one team get low strikes, the other doesn't , one team gets the ball 4 inches off the outside corner , the other team does?
I can live with an umpire calling balls outside the strikezone strikes , and vice-versa...just do it for both teams, equally. The FOX K-zone, or whatever the hell they call shows pitches by Stl. pitchers being called strikes when they are clearly out of the zone.
Either Yadier Molina is the best in the world at framing pitches and has these guys fooled or you are surely missing something that is clear to me and many of my associates at work ( that Cardinal pitcher are getting amuch bigger strikezone). When you label these guys "first-rate" , I can only wonder if we are all watching the same games.
Don't kid yourself. These endless reviews of plays are all about commercials, which is why the NFL does them and MLB is following suit. Expect the games to get longer because they gotta get in just one more commercial. But don't expect to the experience of watching the game to improve. Au contraire . . .
Sports isn't about perfection, but about competition and excellence and sometimes failure, including errors and misjudgments. Umpire mistakes have been part of the game since the beginning, and they make for great conversation and arguments. Some are more egregious than others, but they all contribute to our experience.
Way back when players and managers assumed umpires would not call balls and strikes accurately every time and would adjust to what they did see being called. Today a missed ball or strike is a federal case. Yes, absolutely, an automated balls and strikes system would make for more accurate calls, but it would make baseball a lesser game and lesser experience for the fans and players.