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Bud Selig on replay: “I’ve had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more”

May 23, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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While speaking at a “sport and society conference” in Wisconsin today MLB commissioner Bud Selig said that he doesn’t believe additional video replay is needed beyond the current system.

In explaining that opinion Selig said: “I’ve had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more.”

I’m not sure who Selig has been talking to, but clearly it isn’t the average fan. Spending one night on Twitter reading the reactions to various blown calls around baseball might give him a much different perception of the issue.

  1. El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Selig is hittin’ the bud too hard.

    • Old Gator - May 23, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      Well, I’ve been known to expound open-endedly on such matters but the Feesh imploded tonight and I’m in a rotten mood, so let’s leave it at this: Bud Selig is a total schmuck.

  2. syracuse451 - May 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    In related news, Bud Selig announced that he has been living without internet access for several years now.

    • leftywildcat - May 23, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      And also without a comb.

  3. cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Maybe Darth Selig has been told that umpire error causes discussion and leads to fan interest? If so, he’s wrong. It puts fans off when umps victimize the fan’s team. There’s no sense of fairness and it leads to ugly on fieled confrontations and between fans, which is bad for baseball’s image. Also, overruling Cowboy Joe West could be made an official stat (OCJW).

  4. kiwicricket - May 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Sounds like some sort of teen relationship.

    Can we have a pic of Bud without his mask on? I have never seen a normal pic of the guy.

  5. Mike Luna - May 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Silly Aaron. Selig’s never heard of Twitter.

    He only just saw his first “talkie” this weekend. Of course, he forgot his hearing aid, so he kept yelling “Where are the title cards?” until the ushers asked him to leave.

  6. danaking - May 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I can live without replay if the umpires were held more accountable.

    • Mike Luna - May 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Starting with getting rid of guys that everyone knows is terrible. If the average fan hears “Bob Davidson” or “Joe West” or “Angel Hernandez” it elicits groans of dissatisfaction.

      That means those guys need to go. You should only know an umpire’s name if he is exceptional at his job, not if he’s terrible.

  7. jwbiii - May 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    “I’ve had very, very little pressure from people owners who want to do more”

    • jwbiii - May 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Pretend that there is a line through the word “people.”

      • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        no way! ok.

      • jwbiii - May 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        Ah. So the magic word here is del and not strikeout.
        Thanks!

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Does the 1985 World Series — and especially the errant call in Game 6 — still leave a bad taste in your mouth?

    No, it’s over and done with. The only thing that leaves a bad taste in your mouth is to not make an effort to get it right. I’m asked a lot about instant replay. If the goal is to get it right, and we have the technology, I don’t care how much time it takes — especially in postseason — let’s get it right. Even if it goes against me, I can live with that.

    Ozzie Smith

    http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/2276/qa-hall-of-fame-shortstop-ozzie-smith

    • El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      Funny part is that he came around to this philosophy after a long late-night phone convo with Fidel Castro. Many do not know this, but Castro is a big fan of replay in sports.

      • The Common Man - May 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        Wait, did you actually not understand that Ozzie Smith and Ozzie Guillen are two different people?

      • El Bravo - May 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        Wowowowow….epic fail. hahahhaha. it’s okay. i’ll laugh at myself on that one.

  9. bsbiz - May 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    To be fair, when your conversations are with Nebuchadnezzar, Tutankhamen, and Xerxes, I can’t imagine it would come up very often…

  10. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    This really shouldn’t be that hard. Have a 5th umpire in a video room watching the replays. Make everything reviewable and have it work like the NFL: the call can be upheld, overturned, or upheld because replays are inconclusive. That wouldn’t slow the game down very much and whatever extra time it does take is worth it to get the call rights.

  11. vansloot - May 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    “I’ve had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more.”

    “Let them eat cake.”

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      I honestly think Bud Selig himself gave you a thumbs down for that

      I mean seriously, that is a beautiful reference

  12. e5again - May 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Am I the only one that doesn’t want more replay? I’ve always thought it would be difficult to go back and change calls when a play is not dead immediately after the potential missed call.

    • e5again - May 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Oh no, that ball down the line wasn’t foul…it was fair. Is it now a single? A double? Oh wait that guy is really fast, it would have been a triple for sure. What if there are runners on base?

      • Kevin S. - May 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        If a batter hits a ball down the line that’s incorrectly called foul, do you think he’d rather “only” have a single or go back to the batter’s box with one more strike?

      • Walk - May 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        Umpires already have the discretion to rule on those types of play. They can score a runner or hold them on ground rule doubles. As far as the fast runner goes it is rare but i have seen them score a runner from first on a ground rule double.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      It’s true that trap plays/ground rule doubles or HRs would be problematic. But is it worth not doing at all if we can fix 9/10 problems but 1/10 still causes issues?

  13. Walk - May 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    A man that holds a minority viepowint and the power to approve the other teams owners, yeah does not surprise me that he is not getting any pressure about replay.

  14. paul621 - May 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Who decided that the “average fan” is represented by those on Twitter? Sure, it’s fun to joke that Selig’s old, but so are a lot of fans.

  15. jimmymarlinsfan - May 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    My point about professional sports is this. We the customer pay a pretty penny to attend these games and getting the calls right; is to me, the most important thing as referees and umpires are sworn to impartiality to the outcome of the game but there are things that they dont always see and modern technology is right there to help us, not hinder or worsen in any way the games we love

  16. bbk1000 - May 23, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Perhaps spoken as he wakes from an afternoon nap in his own feces….

  17. randygnyc - May 23, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    That’s bullsh!t, bud. I think you’re lying.

    • bbk1000 - May 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      haha, a lie from MLB is now called budsh!t….

  18. strandedtwinsfan - May 23, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I happen to think more replay would be good for the game. However your twitter poll is no more representative of the baseball watching population than Selig’s, both fall prey to the potential bias of the availibility heuristic.

  19. leftywildcat - May 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    5th ump in the booth, with an extra coach from each team. If either manager challenges a call (not ball and strike calls, but everything else), ump who made the call must appeal it to the man in the booth, who has all the replays and ought to have the call ready by the time the manager gets to the 1st ump. Ump in the booth defers if no replay has a definitive answer, in which case the 4 umps on the field must convene and decide.

    Why does a manager sometimes challenge a call after a delay of a few seconds? Somebody in the clubhouse saw the replay on TV!

    Umpires’ union ought to be in favor of a 5th ump; more dues $.

    All replays ought to also be available to official scorers for hit/error decisions, if they are not already made available.

  20. vallewho - May 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    who does he want pressure from? Congress?

  21. stevequinn - May 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    With all due respect (none), Selig doesn’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain.

    Video of plays in many circumstances show just how bad the umpiring is in MLB these days. I can live with bang – bang plays being missed….that’s part of the game. But missed calls that are obvious to every human being on the planet need to be reversed whenever possible. We expect excellence from ballplayers, why shouldn’t Umpires be held to the same standard?

  22. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Just testing

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