Sports and my thoughts

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Sports: Instant replay in MLB

Sure it can be a pain in the ass, but I'd rather the umps get the call right than change the game with a bad call. I don't think it should be used to argue balls and strikes, that would be pointless and make the game too long. The Nats agree with me too.
It was in plain view on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and the evening news. It was on in the visiting clubhouse at Shea Stadium, where various Washington Nationals players looked at a video image on a computer screen, then walked away, disgusted. It was one of the highlights of baseball's Opening Day, the ball on the ground for everyone to see -- except the umpire charged with the impossible task of seeing everything.

In the top of the eighth inning of the Nationals' season-opening 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Monday, Alfonso Soriano dove toward home plate just as a relay throw arrived to Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca. Umpire Tim Tschida couldn't see what television cameras could -- that Lo Duca had dropped the ball, only to scoop it up as if there had never been a problem. Tschida incorrectly -- as was shown time and again on TV -- called Soriano out.

The play cost the Nationals the tying run and went a long way toward costing them the game, and just one day into the season it put a spotlight on the inherent fallibility of umpires -- who, naturally, make human errors -- and the fact that some mistakes could be overturned with the use of instant replay. The NFL uses replay. The NBA uses replay. College basketball and football use replay. Major League Baseball does not.
Plays like this should be reviewable. This bad call changed the complexion of the entire game and it hurt my fantasy team as I have Soriono on my team. I don't know if MLB will ever get instant replay but I hope it does to a certain degree.

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