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Mike Matheny really doesn’t like instant replay

Apr 26, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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After a game in which not one but two calls were blown to his team’s detriment, you would think that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny would be a fan of replay. Nope:

“The thought of the game being completely computer-run, that to me takes away from it,” he said Wednesday. “I just don’t know where it would end. Unless you have a white towel to throw out once per game or something stupid like that. I don’t believe this whole game should be automated.”

Yes, because that’s the only option for rectifying poor calls. Sheesh.

  1. darthicarus - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Roger Goodell just fined Matheny for criticizing NFL procedures.

  2. Kevin S. - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    We should appoint somebody to Gibb-slap every baseball person who argues against instant replay by railing against an inefficient system. No, we don’t want it with coaches’ challenges. No, we don’t want it where the crew chief goes under the hood for three minutes. No, we don’t want computers to completely replace umpires right now (although that’s only because the technology isn’t good enough yet). Explain why fifth umpire with a review monitor doesn’t work or GTFO.


    • The Baseball Idiot - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Explain how it does work without everything you just mentioned?

      • Kevin S. - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Fifth umpire with review monitors and access to all cameras in the park. If a play requires further review, he buzzes the crew chief. Usually, it doesn’t take more than thirty seconds to figure out if a call was wrong or not, and much of that is typically dead time between batters anyway. He radios the correct call in, and his call is final. Nobody for managers to argue with, either (a nice side benefit).

      • The Baseball Idiot - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Define ‘requires further review”

        If an umpire can be second-guessed and overturned on every call, then you don’t really need umpires in the first place. Just let every call be made by the booth.

        If you’re going to limit the calls that can be reviewed, then what is the point of a fifth umpire, as there are still calls that will be disputed.

        Slippery, meet slope.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        Ah, the slippery slope, the last refuge of a mind desperately clinging to a lost argument. For the record, I think every call except balls and strikes is review-able. The vast majority of the time, the field umpires get it right. If it’s close, the review umpire takes a peek, barely slowing the game down at all. If the call was wrong, the review umpire (with the benefit of having a more precise view of the play) calls in the result, and the field umpires adjust accordingly. Getting the call right is the most important thing, which is why we need a review process for those times the call is wrong, even if it sometimes gums things up and doesn’t quite allow things to happen as they “should” have (i.e. if a caught ball is ruled trapped and then overturned, a runner loses the opportunity to tag). But for that vast majority of times the field umpires do have the ability to get the call right, the expediency with which they can relay safe/out, fair/foul, etc. absolutely justifies their place on the field. Field umpires getting call right in real time > booth umpire relaying correct call after the fact >>>>>>>>>> field umpires getting the call wrong. Got it?

      • The Baseball Idiot - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM

        Again, as I said, using your argument that every call is reviewable, then we don’t need umpires on the field at all. Lets just get rid of them and every call can be made from the booth.

        If you guys are all complaining about the umpires now, how good do you think they are going to be when they know any decision they make can be overruled at any time.

        And no has stil answered the question: what happens when instant replay doesn’t get it right?

        Who are you going to bitch about then.

        Ah, the slippery slope, the last refuge of a mind desperately clinging to a lost argument.””

        Ah, complaining about the slippery slope, the refuge of a mind who fails to understand the way the world really works, and can’t see the opposite side of an issue.

    • jwbiii - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      But setting up and burning a strawman is so much more fun!

  3. DJ MC - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Matheny’s just worried that, once computer technology becomes able to not only choose perfectly-efficient lineups and make the statistically-correct strategic decisions, but also use fuzzy-logic programming to call out superstar players and advanced robotics to simulate putting an arm around a player’s shoulder in consolation, his job will become obsolete.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I wonder of Mathany wants to exlude replay as a total Cardinal rule.

  5. El Bravo - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Where does it end? It will be the PS3 playing us!!!!

  6. stlducks - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Every time I see a cardinal article I get excited, then I see Craig wrote it and I know it is going to be one sided and something negative. Reading this the article was good until Craig had to throw in his negative remark at the end.

    Get over it braves blew it last year and the cards took advantage all the way to the 11th trophy.

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