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MLB to test “advanced replay systems” at games next week

Aug 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Selig Hands Up

For all Bud Selig’s talk regarding how supposedly no one complains about the lack of expanded instant replay it sure sounds like MLB is planning to … well, expand instant replay.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that MLB will “test two different advanced replay systems live during games starting next week, and if they prove accurate they could precede an overhaul of the system for the 2013 season.”

Yankee Stadium and Citi Field will be the ballparks used for what Passan says are “a radar-based system and a camera-based system, both similar to the one used in tennis for down-the-line fair-or-foul calls.”

And despite Selig’s stubborn, constant insistence to the contrary, Passan writes that among owners “there is a groundswell of support to at least quell the perception that baseball is ignoring the available technologies.”

Or, you know, what a huge percentage of the sport’s fan base has been saying for years now (while Selig apparently wasn’t listening).

  1. stlouis1baseball - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    This is hard to believe. I mean…really hard to believe.
    Of course, we shouldn’t expect Bud to have much to say (publicly) on the matter though huh?

  2. dawgpoundmember - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    isnt this the same guy that had a story about the red sox players going to ownership to get valentine fired, then every person involved denied the story?

    it is yahoo! so i am just saying, how much truth is in this story?

    • - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      It was Yahoo writers that broke the University of Miami Nevin Shapiro story. Yahoo’s reporters have done an excellent job over the last 18 months more so than anyone at The Four Letter or most local newspapers. I’d take their word over anyone elses right about now.

      • hittfamily - Aug 17, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Or that shitty blog

      • - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM


      • dawgpoundmember - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Yeah I guess they have been better, it is just every time I seen a sports article on yahoo! I can’t help but think Chris Chase and then I go straight to the comments to see everybody rag on him for such horrible writing.

      • mississippimusicman - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM


        Bonus thumbs for self-awareness and not having a chip on your shoulder.

  3. nelszz - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    will calls that are indeed found to be incorrect be overturned? or are they just going to say oh well? if they are overturned, it seems unfair that only four teams will be able to benefit from correct calls, while the other s will not.

  4. yankeesgameday - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Please let John McEnroe be at the Yankee Stadium game and start heckling the umpire when he hears that line beep go off. I want him coming out of the stands and pointing in the dirt to where the ball landed foul.

    • kalinedrive - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      You have got to be kidding me!

  5. randygnyc - Aug 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Aren’t they supposed to add additional replay scenarios for this post season? I expect that this is in part a walk through for that as well.

  6. number42is1 - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    IF it was practice for post season why would they be a citi?
    To soon????

  7. - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Welcome to 1996 MLB!

  8. cur68 - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Our letter writing campaign may have borne fruit. I look forward to Bud expressing his appreciation of all the notes I sent him which began: “Hey Numbskull…”

    Yeah Bud, that was me. You’re welcome…numbskull.

  9. stevem7 - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Very interesting because in the last 30 days I sent a letter to Alan SILLYPANTS Selig telling him to stop lying to the public that there isn’t any interest in expanding instant replay. We all know that fans are sick to death of umpires getting it wrong and the technology proving it. Got a standard form letter back this week from one of Bud’s minions telling me that there isn’t any real interest being expressed by the people charged with deciding if there is any interest. Named off people like Torre, LaRussa, Sociosca, and others. In point of fact, in the 20 years that Selig has been the Commissioner he has not once ever done anything “For the good of the game”. Rather he has only done things for the “Good of the owners” and to line his and their pockets. Baseball needs another Kenesaw Mountain Landis or a Bart Giamatti, men who will not bend to the owners and who are infact independent of the owners. In short, men who will run the game “For the good of the game” and no other reason.

  10. cozboogie - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    What we really need is for Bob Costas to step away from the Botox and Grecian Formula and replace Bud and is yes men. Let’s get someone in there that cares about the history, future, and vitality of the game.

  11. jon623 - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Genuinely awesome so see him eat his words. Bud Light is finally acknowledging what fans, owners, players… everybody… wants? Wow. Here’s to hoping that he doesn’t make up a flaw in the systems that are being tested.

    (Nice choice of photo, too. Definitely gives off the reluctant “FINE! I cave!” demeanor that I expect from him on this situation.)

  12. buffalo65 - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Horrible idea. Nothing worse than seeing a close play and cheering, then pausing to see if it will be reviewed. I remember hockey’s foot in the crease rule. A goal is scored and you can’t really cheer till after it has been shown on replay. Takes the sudden excitement out of the game. Blown calls go both ways.

  13. pjmarn6 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    What the hell is wrong with getting a call right? So what if the umpires are shown up. Nobody watches a game to see umpires. We want the right calls and the hell with the ego of the umpires.

  14. manchestermiracle - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    How many more years before electronics replace the completely arbitrary strike zone? Unless you are very familiar with a particular umpire you have no way of knowing what the strike zone will look like today. Is there any officiating in any other sport that is as unpredictable as that of baseball’s strike zone? I’ve lost count of the number of times a network has put up that electronic box to show that called third strike as not being even close to the plate. How many games (just this year) have turned on poorly called balls and strikes? I recall a very recent perfect game that benefited from a pretty large strike zone.

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