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MLB needs to tweak replay approach

Posted on: August 21, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 4:52 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Just minutes ago, Johnny Damon of the Rays hit what was initially ruled a grand slam. Replays showed the ball hit the very top of the wall -- directly on the yellow line -- and bounced far up into the air, only to come down in the field of play. The umpires reviewed the play and properly ruled it was not a home run. Considering the bases were loaded, the umpires were then tasked with basically guessing where everyone should be. They ruled Damon with a double and the three runners all scored. It gave the Rays a 7-5 lead. (Click here to watch the video on MLB.com).

Now, I don't have a problem with this particular call, because Desmond Jennings -- who was on first -- was clearly going to score on the play. I just don't like the approach. We're asking umpires to try to guess what would have happened if they initially ruled the ball in play, but no one can really say what would have happened. Using this particular play as an example, what if Damon tried to stretch his double into a triple and was thrown at third base?

So I got to thinking, why doesn't the MLB just have the umpires approach near home runs like the NFL officials approach possible fumbles that are very close? More specifically, shouldn't the umpires always rule close calls in play? Think about it, you can easily correct upward and rule a home run, which scores every baserunner, but you cannot be 100 percent sure in the accuracy of correcting downward. It's a veritable guessing game, so let's take the guesswork out of the equation by making a simple change to the approach.

Since professional sports leagues usually wait until something bad happens instead of having foresight, nothing will be done until there's a huge argument in a playoff game -- or something involving a money player like the Yankees, Red Sox or Phillies -- but it's certainly something that could easily be fixed without changing any rules. Joe Torre's office can simply spread the word to umpires to always err on the side of ruling a ball in play. Replay is there as a backup plan, so it should be used to minimize human error.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:43 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:12 am
 

MLB needs to tweak replay approach

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Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:09 am
 

MLB needs to tweak replay approach

I do not agree with increasing replay within baseball considering most games last too long as it is.  But I do agree with Matt Snyder that the play should've have been played out.  There would be no question the results because the play would've been played as it was later ruled.  Rather than ruled a homerun and later trying to determine player location.  If they awarded Damon a double, then the person on first is awarded third.  This sounds like a ground rule double ruling, in which case the runner on first cannot score.  To me that is the only fair ruling, irregardless if it looked like the person first was going to score.  I may only be a little league umpire, but I would've let the play go, then review for home run.  It's easier to know where everyone would be if not ruled a home run, than to use a crystal ball.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:26 am
 

MLB needs to tweak replay approach

JJAG, in addition to posting the same high-school level vocabulary-filled rant over and over, where are you getting that ESPN said 30%? 30$ of all calls? That would be like 20-30 blown calls per game. That's obnoxious.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:16 am
 

MLB needs to tweak replay approach

I agree with your take SF-Ump and would add to that that human error is part of the game and it does make the game better in the sense that it teaches the player how to play through adversity and good sportsmanship which are just as important as anything else.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:05 am
 

MLB needs to tweak replay approach

STFU jjag. You posted like 100 times.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 6:59 am
 

MLB needs to tweak replay approach

Baseball doesn't really need instant replay. The biggest problem right now is how the umpires can make the most ridiculous calls even on purpose and get away with it without repercussions. If instant replay were to be implemented there would have to be very objective criteria and strict rules to keep time limits on the calls to keep the game moving. Baseball already moves slow enough, with all the batters stepping out of the batter's box to call time out every other pitch and what not, to turn it into a sharade like the NFL with replays being issued on every stinking little call with officials still making the wrong call and lazy officials relying too much on instant replay to do their jobs for them.<br />




Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:35 am
 

MLB needs to tweak replay approach

Are you kidding me, Matt Snyder- you idiot?  MLB is run by a bigger idiot than - even you!  According to an ESPN report last year, lazy, fat, blind, dumb, AWFUL MLB UMPS missed 30% of calls last year--- and they don't only miss the homerun calls either.  For them to move their FAT as-ses into position to more clearly see a tag, etc.. is asking way too much.  MLB should have replay - and teams should be allowed 2-3 challenges per game (like the NFL- meaning if the manager is 2 for 2- he gets a 3rd -- no matter WHAT the play-- not just homeruns.   The DUMBEST thing about your idiot blog is how you say "nothing will be done until something bad happens in a playoff game..."  HA!  Did you watch the playoffs the last 2 seasons?? Some of the WORST calls in baseball history occurred in these games and NOTHING was changed.  Face it- MLB, with its $250 million payrolls versus the $42 million payrolls, etc.. with its STUPID, IDIOTIC, BRAIN DEAD-- ALL STAR WINNER gets home field advantage in World Series rule, with its backward thinking regarding replay, etc.. is the WORST RUN LEAGUE in the HISTORY OF SPORTS.  They're NOT going to change. They SUCK!  And your stupid blog is like saying the US Government should pay attention to the debt ceiling.  You should have written this August, 2008 and, at that point, it may have sounded, at least, halfway intelligent. How did you get with CBS SPORTS?  GO BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL!



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:32 am
 

MLB needs to tweak replay approach

Are you kidding me, Matt Snyder?  MLB is run by a bigger idiot than - even you!  According to an ESPN report last year, lazy, fat, blind, dumb, AWFUL MLB UMPS missed 30% of calls last year--- and they don't only miss the homerun calls either.  For them to move their FAT as-ses into position to more clearly see a tag, etc.. is asking way too much.  MLB should have replay - and teams should be allowed 2-3 challenges per game (like the NFL- meaning if the manager is 2 for 2- he gets a 3rd -- no matter WHAT the play-- not just homeruns.   The DUMBEST thing about your idiot blog is how you say "nothing will be done until something bad happens in a playoff game..."  HA!  Did you watch the playoffs the last 2 seasons?? Some of the WORST calls in baseball history occurred in these games and NOTHING was changed.  Face it- MLB, with its $250 million payrolls versus the $42 million payrolls, etc.. with its STUPID, IDIOTIC, BRAIN DEAD-- ALL STAR WINNER gets home field advantage in World Series rule, with its backward thinking regarding replay, etc.. is the WORST RUN LEAGUE in the HISTORY OF SPORTS.  They're NOT going to change. They SUCK!  And your stupid blog is like saying the US Government should pay attention to the debt ceiling.  You should have written this August, 2008 and, at that point, it may have sounded, at least, halfway intelligent. How did you get with CBS SPORTS?  GO BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL!


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