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Don’t get too excited about replay yet

Apr 15, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

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Yesterday word got around that Major League Baseball was going to expand replay.  We should probably just say that they’re maybe leaning that way. Here’s the official word from MLB:

To clarify, the Special Committee for On-Field Matters discusses many issues, but no decisions have been made regarding instant replay.

Which makes sense. The Special Committee for On-Field Matters has only been around for a year or so.  MLB Committees usually haven’t even ordered their first box of donuts and taken roll until a good year and a half have transpired.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 15, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Craig, I demand you change the spelling of doughnuts to its proper, none brand-specific form!

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 15, 2011 at 7:05 PM

      A donut/doughnut ain’t nothing but a cake, pie boy.

  2. Joe - Apr 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    While you’re at it, you need to change the spelling of “roll” and “a.”

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 15, 2011 at 7:02 PM

      I can’t see where he made an error with an “a,” but roll is spelled correctly when used this way—think honor roll or roll call.

  3. BC - Apr 15, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    The fair-foul thing won’t work: what happens if its called foul and replay shows it fair? Where do you put the runners? And the trap play won’t work either – what if its ruled a catch but replay shows a trap? Same thing.
    Leave replay alone already. Otherwise we’ll have 6-hour Yankees-Red Sox games.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      We don’t already?

      • BC - Apr 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        Pretty close.

    • dodger88 - Apr 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      I assume they’ll treat those situations much like a ground rule double with an arbitrary decision as to how far the runner would have made it. Far from perfect to say the least.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      Players will need to pretend it’s fair still every time it’s that close. If it really was foul, then it will be nothing to call them back to their bags.

  4. marshallnbrown - Apr 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Instant replay in baseball? That’s all we need to shorten games. There are three teams on a baseball field, and they all make errors. (But the team with the fewest members makes by far the fewest.) If baseball would get some sort of system to get rid of bad umpires — including those too thin skinned — the calls for IR would go away.

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