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A majority of major league managers want expanded replay

Sep 16, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

Every time a controversial play goes down that could have been made right by instant replay, Bud Selig says they’ll study the matter, and then a few days later he says that everyone likes the status quo just fine.

Not everyone. ESPN’s Jayson Stark polled 24 of the 30 major league managers and found that 18 of them want some form of expanded instant replay or another. Most liked the system for which I’ve long advocated: a fifth umpire up in a booth or a replay official at MLB headquarters who decided which plays to review. A few like a challenge system, which I think would be all kinds of terrible.

The devil is in the details, obviously, and you have to be at least somewhat wary of any poll in which Jerry Manuel constitutes 4% of the sample size, but at the very least we will know that the next time Bud Selig proclaims everyone to be satisfied with the current system, he’s not being honest.

  1. RichardInBigD - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    All we needed to know that Sir Bud wasn’t being honest is that his lips were moving! As far as the challenge system working, all we have to do is let the managers have unlimited challenges, until they are wrong. Once they get used to the idea, they will be judicious in their use of it and, with an off-field official ruling on it, we’re talking about a matter of seconds added to the process…
    And what happened to the other 6 managers? Did they “no comment”? If that were true, I’d say they were probably leaning toward an instant replay vote…

  2. FrankZappa - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    is there anyway to just remove Selig from office?

  3. Totes McGrotes - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    I wish the NFL would adopt an extra person in a booth somewhere too, because every stinkin’ replay takes 10 minutes. Nothing like watching someone score a touchdown, watching 5 minutes of commercials while they review the play, extra point, more commercials, kickoff, more commercials.

  4. RichardInBigD - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    They should add that as a bonus question on next year’s All-Star ballots: “Keep Bud” or “Remove Bud”. Choose one.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    I proposed such a procedure in a recent post. I confess, since honesty is a theme of this particular thread, that I stole it from Hannibal. Bowels in or bowels out? Your choice. Hemorrhoids don’t count.

  6. Mrsteve - Sep 16, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Replay with Selig’s thumb up his ass?

  7. Utley's hair - Sep 16, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    His thumb is up there, too? Did he have an itch on his head?

  8. RichardInBigD - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Gator, in all honesty, I don’t doubt you for a second, even though I missed that post of your. By all means, credit is yours, my good man…

  9. quint - Sep 16, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Put the other 6 managers down automatically as ‘no reply’ and its a census, not a poll where the majority of managers favour expanded reply.
    In fairness to Selig, he isn’t be dishonest either, to lie you have to know better and clearly he hasn’t actually talked to anyone about it (which is actually a worse crime).

  10. JBerardi - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    A majority of people who don’t own baseball teams want expanded replay.

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