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Bud Selig isn't going to do a thing on replay

Jul 6, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

Bud Selig is "comfortable" with the way things are. Sorry, that's not good enough for me.

We probably should have known as much, but FanHouse’s Jeff
Fletcher reports
that
Bud Selig said today that he’s “comfortable” with no further
expansion of instant replay. 

Which means he’s comfortable with blown calls that don’t need to be blown. He’s comfortable with pennant races and possibly playoff games altered as a result of an inability to overrule obvious mistakes from an increasingly fallible umpire corps.  He’s comfortable with baseball becoming the object of ridicule the next time some high profile gaffe occurs in which millions see what should have happened but the four men in blue who missed it aren’t allowed to see it themselves.

I’m sorry, but this is unacceptable.  I am all for tradition and conservatism and incremental change when it comes to baseball, but at some point the burden of proof shifted from those who wanted instant replay to make its case for such a beast to those who would deny all sense and all technology to prevent its implementation to make theirs.

I don’t care if Bud Selig is comfortable. I want to hear from him why we should be comfortable in allowing baseball to continue to ignore reality and technology and stick with a system that gave us the Galarraga call and so many mistakes last fall.

I don’t think he has a good reason.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Really, is anyone surprised? Bud’s a dinosaur, the owner’s man. You could have a dozen incidents like the Galarraga incident and he’d still be comfortable.

  2. nps6724 - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    If Galarraga pitched for the Brewers, instant replay would’ve been instituted before the end of the 9th inning.

  3. Ditto65 - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    I hear that big piles of money conform to the shape of your body – much like that space foam they use in fancy mattresses.

  4. Rays fan1 - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Sir Isaac Newton: “An object at rest tends to stay at rest.” It’s his Law of Selig, um, I mean Inertia.
    The Law of Inertia has defined much of his career as the commissioner. No actions happen unless he’s compelled by, as newton would say, an “unbalanced force.” Nothing happens about PEDs until public/media outcry + Congressional meddling = no choice but to act and to involve the MLBPA. Has any decision been made on the A’s moving? Unsually his inaction comes with different verbiage though–setting up a “study” to “look into the matter” with no timelines.

  5. The Count - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    So what else is new? Once a WUS always a WUS

  6. Mr. Heyward - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Good job Selig. You now sound as backward, foolhardy and just plain out-of-touch as FIFA does.
    To top it all off, it’d be perfect if you, Mr. Selig, now start promoting the next “great” album from Joe West. You can even feature yourself on a duet track called “I’m in and yer f’in out!” a la Kenny Powers.
    PS. Rays fan 1, that is right on about Newton’s Law of Selig.

  7. isu1648 - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    the thing i dont get, when everyone is defending tradition and the human element, ESPECIALLY Bud…how is the baseball RULEBOOK not the tradition they are defending. im sorry, but when it comes down to it, the rulebook says that if you step on first with the ball before the runner gets there, he is out. and if an ump calls him safe, he is breaking the rules of baseball. why anyone would would rather have human element over accuracy is beyond me, and quite frankly, i question your sports “fandom”.
    defend the RULES of the game, not the eff-ups who cant see past their sunglasses!

  8. JCD - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    If there would have been more of an outcry for Bud to change the result of the Galarraga game, he might have thought about doing something. Instead everyone said “No he can’t change history!” and talked about how swell a guy Jim Joyce is so now Bud feels free to thumb his nose at the technology that could allow Jim Joyce to sleep a little easier at night, as well as give the pitcher his rightful place in history. Everyone said Bud did the hard thing by not changing the result, but he didn’t, he kept the status quo and took the easy way out, and now any chance of having replay involved more seriously in baseball is null and void.

  9. Kevin R - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    I cracked up at a tweet several weeks ago (pretty sure it was Craig’s) that said something like “Here is the committee Bud has looking at instant replay”, with a link that went to a Youtube video of the end of _Raiders of the Lost Ark_.
    “We have top men working on it right now.”
    “Who?”
    “Top. Men.”

  10. erik - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Ask FIFA about their eagerness to add instant replay. Big organization tend to be run by conservatives, and MLB/FIFA are no exceptions. The fans can whine all they want, but until they (a) stop coming because of a lack of instant replay or (b) politicians get involved, nothing will change. Sorry folks, it is what it is.

  11. Utley's hair - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    I’m sure that had ANYthing to do with his decision. As if he can be swayed one iota by public opinion.

  12. Old Gator - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    I’m completely comfortable about preserving the human element in Beisbol. I’m just not comfortable about having a knuckledragging imbecile like Bud Light agreeing with me.

  13. Ditto65 - Jul 6, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Add to your lack of comfort the fact that the idiots representing the “human element” that baseball relies on to make the calls are NOT the best representation of humans available and I am right their with you, though I will be cheering the Borg (like they need it) while you lament the Feesh.

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