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HBT Poll: Should baseball expand instant replay?

Jun 9, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

In three years of blogging I don’t think I’ve ever ran a poll, but Bud Selig’s comments this morning about how most people in baseball don’t want instant replay kind of grind my gears. I think it’s counterfactual and that most people want some form of replay.

But I wouldn’t mind getting a sense of the sentiment, however unscientific it may be, from you folks.  Two questions today: replay or not to replay, and if so, how:

Viva democracy.

  1. Adam - Jun 9, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Here’s what I don’t understand from the people who say that the “human element” is so valuable to the game of baseball. Baseball has advanced technologically in almost every facet of the game except in the on-field action. From the equipment the players use, to the trainers they have to the statistics and high-speed video they have access to and all they way to the fan’s experience at the ballpark. The use of technology to make the games we love better, is the natural progression of things.
    To adopt the technology of instant replay within the game of baseball removes no human element of the game of baseball except for the needless errors that umpires make in instances of particularly “fast” action. I don’t think any of us who are in favor of instant replay are advocating anything other than getting the calls on the field correct, we’re certainly not advocating the replacement of the home plate umpire, or any automated ball/strike caller. The umpires are not there to play the game, they are not certainly not there to affect the outcome and their JOB is to get it right. Now that we have the technology to help them do that, why wouldn’t we use it??

  2. Adam - Jun 9, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    what a stunningly brilliant comment

  3. YANKEES1996 - Jun 9, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    One of the things I dislike the most about the NFL is the instant replay review, the delay is ridiculous, the flag waving and the old this is and this is not reviewable is also an irritant, receivers running to the bench telling their coaches they made the catch and to have the play reviewed, it is all stupid. I don’t want to see replay brought into baseball because of those reasons mainly. Everyone gets upset when a bad call causes something like the Gallaraga mess and this debate starts all over. If we want to truly improve our game the first thing we need is a commissioner.
    The thing that I don’t understand about the Gallaraga situation is why didn’t the umps get together and discuss the call, afterall when they get a tough call right that is always what they say “it was our willingness to work together to get the call right”, I guess in that case they did not care about getting the call right. I don’t care how long the games are or who wants them shortened or for what reasons. If I buy a ticket to go to a game I want to be entertained and get my monies worth and not watch the managers throw little colored flags around and delay the game and kill a rally while all the players stand around and wonder what the hell the call is going to be, out or safe, catch or no catch, I say no thank you to instant replay.

  4. Omega - Jun 9, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    I am gonna have to agree with Mr. Selig on this one. There really isn’t any need or place for expanded instant replay in baseball. I think the umpires do a fine job as is, the once in the history of Baseball Gallaraga situation doesn’t warrant looking at this issue anew.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 9, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Thank you, but I can’t take all the credit for it. I have to tip my hat to the armada of monkeys who generated it – that, and to those sturdy Olivettis. They’ve been going much longer than the Eveready bunny.

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