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Bud Selig: “We’d better” have expanded replay next season

Oct 13, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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Bud Selig has repeatedly downplayed the outcry for expanded instant replay this year, which is why this comment from a Q & A with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times on Thursday was pretty surprising and downright refreshing.

You have said you want to expand instant replay to include reviews of fair or foul balls and trapped balls. Will that expanded replay be in place for next season?

“I think we’ll have it for sure. They’re working on cameras in all the ballparks. We need the right cameras. Should we have them by next year? We’d better.”

That’s what we have longed to hear from Selig for a long time now, but actions speak much louder than words. Expanded replay for fair-or-foul balls and trapped-or-caught balls was actually negotiated into the new collective bargaining agreement last November, though the implementation was subject to negotiations between MLB and the umpires’ union. It was announced back in March that the two sides weren’t able to come to an agreement in time for this season. MLB also wants to make sure that they have the proper technology in place in all 30 parks. Let’s hope Selig has more sense of urgency to get this done than he has shown with the committee on the Athletics-to-San Jose case. Thursday’s answer was a pretty good start, though.

By the way, Shaikin’s Q & A is worth a read. Selig addresses a wide variety of topics, including the new Wild Card format and whether he showed a double standard by allowing the Moores to take $200 million in TV money from the recent sale of the Padres, but wouldn’t allow Frank McCourt to do the same with the Dodgers. Really interesting stuff.

  1. sictransitchris - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    My head hurts.

  2. mattcerrone - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Revise the infield fly rule! When an umpire deems an infield flyball to be worthy of being called for an infield fly rule – then the fielder must catch the ball. If he does not – then it should automatically become a dead ball – and the batter is granted first base and each baserunner is advanced one base each by the umpires.

    The defense should not be granted an out for dropping the ball – either by purposely dropping the ball or through error. And the batter should not be penalized for the fielder not catching the ball.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Why, has that been an issue lately?

      • mattcerrone - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        It’s a dumb rule. It rewards the defense.

    • pdowdy83 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      I think you are completely missing the point of the infield fly rule. It’s purpose is so that on a pop the infielder can’t just let it drop and then turn a double play because the runners had to hold at their bases. Once the ruling has been called, runners may advance at their own risk. In a case like the Cardinals/Braves game the runners still advanced a base because of the drop. The rule PROTECTS the offense. Not the other way around.

      • mattcerrone - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        I always thought it protected the offense (baserunners) until I watched that Cardinals/Braves game. The problem with the rule is what if the fielder is unable to make the catch? What if the degree of difficulty is so great (i.e. the defensive players mis-communicate as to whose ball it is, or it’s just a very difficult catch to make)?

        Why shouldn’t the defensive player still have to make the catch once an infield fly rule is called? When an infield fly rule is called, the catch is supposed to be an obviously easy play to make. So then MAKE the play. CATCH the ball.

        The rule did NOT PROTECT the offense in the Cardinals/Braves game. It ended up protecting the defense.

  3. gmenfan1982 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    I agree with mattcerrone.

  4. dondada10 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Expanded replay? Is attendance down in the post season?

    • vallewho - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      ha-ha. Someone or something must have gotten into Bud’s pocket.

      • dondada10 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        Ted Turner?

    • badintent - Oct 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM

      Yes sir dude ! The entire upper deck for the A’s in all home games ! Even sections near and in the bleachers at Yankee stadium. Economy is brutal, you can thank “Mr. Change” ( as in loose change for the masses ) Obumbo for that. Next question ???

  5. kicksave1980 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    You know what actually rewards the defense? Hitting a pop-up that doesn’t leave the infield.

  6. 13arod - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM


  7. raidernation831 - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Mr. Selig, do something to help the A’s get a park. It was embarrassing to see the field during the playoffs! I mean was it a football game or baseball game? If not San Jose, why? 25 minutes from Oakland and further from the sf team than we currently are now. Some answers please.

    • mattcerrone - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      Fine by me as long as the taxpayers don’t pay for the new stadium.

  8. randygnyc - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    F@ck you Bud, you lying POS!!!!

    • bla bla bla - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Oh gosh, and golly gee. A real tough guy. All caps AND multiple exclamation points. Wow. You really gave it to Selig. I bet he read this and is just cowering under his desk.

      Or laughing at you, as the rest of us are, because your mom won’t let you type “fuck”.

  9. willclarkgameface - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    For the love of God. I’m so tired of these unions. All of ’em can go to hell. The umpires are freaked out by the cameras and having to reference replay to make the right call if they fuck it up. Okay cool – DON’T FUCK IT UP.

    It’s that easy. During the playoffs there are 6 guys out there on the field. Between the 6 of them, they should be able to make the right call if they talk to one another and embrace the process of discussion.

    They’re too proud. They’d rather chase players and managers back to the dugout, screaming like a 3 year old the whole time.

    Hey ups – we’re not there to see you. We’re there to watch the players and if I know your name during the game, then there’s a good chance that you’ve made a really shitty call and you just want to get TV time.

    I just wish Bud would man-up and let these types of decisions be his own rather than having the umpires union be a part of this. So lame.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      One size fits all? Without Unions, kids are in coal mines because, see, they’re small and can fit through crevices. And a woman lucky enough to have a job will simply have to give birth on the warehouse floor. Don’t worry; it’s clean enough. And if you think lunch is anything but a middle meal, then you’re definitely wrong.

      Finally… A real American patriot works 50 hour work weeks, Pussies!!!

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        A little overboard Sandy? Sure…that’s the United States…circa 1910.
        In today’s world…competition squashes that. What competition doesn’t squash…Government oversite (Federal and State) does.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:04 PM

        Labor rights is why unions exist, Lou. We, as Americans, should never forget that. If folks want to criticize the Teamsters, Electrical Workers, or Umpires, because they “get too much” and “have too much power” take a look at China and see what it is that can happen to workers without adequate power and representation.

        A lot of people died defending the rights of workers. Poopooing this history is akin to forgetting all the blood spilled to bring voting rights to poor Black folks in rural communities. Or even, for that matter, the right to ride a bus cross-country.

        Anyway, I’m rooting for you guys this series. Beat dem Gints.

      • rje49 - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        This is 2012, not 1912. There are enough laws to cover abuses in the workplace; OSHA, Labor Depts, etc. Unions are un-needed and obsolete (not to mention often corrupt). The worst thing that I witness unions bring on these days is the us-against-management attitude.
        Gotta go now. Have to drive my 6-year old to the coal mine for the midnight shift.

    • badintent - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:48 AM

      Nice one ! Good work
      And koufaxmitzvah, go see your Rabbi , he has some enemas for you and your dog.The one that works in the Coal mine next to all the German soldiers from Stalingrad.Unions for millionaires and Umps making $275K a year is a joke. by the way Hank Arron hit .375 against you, beat you like a drum, why didn’t you throw at his head like Gibson ?

  10. savior72 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    After watching Jim Joyce ump in the cards-nats series, the more video review the better. Managers should be able to challenge a call too, just like football

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      And safe/out calls at the bases.

  11. richwizl - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Review the plays at the plate, you putz; those blown calls actually cost a run, every time!

    • dondada10 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Great point. You have to figure that’s the primary reason why homers are reviewed.

  12. natstowngreg - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Bud actually admitting it’s needed is a major step. But I’ll believe it when MLB delivers.

  13. historiophiliac - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    I hope they got this on reel-to-reel because Selig will probably try to “clarify” his comments later.

  14. buffalo65 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Infield fly didn’t protect the offense in Atlanta cause it was called and shouldn’t have been. Don’t hate the rule cause the ump called it wrong. There was no double play to be turned by letting it drop in mid left field. Wasn’t an infield fly.

    • bla bla bla - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Exactly. If these putzes want to whine about a rule, it would be nice of they at least understood the rule before running their fingers.

  15. buffalo65 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Worst thing about replay is whenever there is a close play you can’t cheer cause of the threat of a review. When hockey had a crease rule, every goal went in but you had to see a replay before being able to cheer. Replay takes the moments out of the game. No to expanded replay. Hold umps accountable or robot umps, but none of this challenges or umps running off the field to look at a tv. Games are long enough.

  16. buffalo65 - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Yeah Sandy, bet you are 60 ish, was a time and place for unions. Now is not the time or place.

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