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Joe Torre: no expanded replay for 2013

Feb 18, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

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Back in October Bud Selig said this about expanded instant replay for 2013:

“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.”

Apparently installing cameras is hard, because, Joe Torre said today that Major League Baseball will not expand its instant replay system this year:

“Next year, there will be something, for sure,” Torre said. “It’s not like we’re afraid to do something. I don’t want to do something unless we feel like it’s the right thing to do … “We’re not going to get caught in the trap of doing something if we don’t feel what we’re doing is enough.”

They always say things like this. About it being done the right way, counseling caution and all of that.  What they’ve never done is explain what variables are so complex that this sort of thing can’t be hammered out in the space of a few days, installed in a few weeks and shaken down over the course of spring training or simulated games or something.  If they started that process back when they started talking about wanting to expand replay — at least two or three years ago — we’d have a system now.


  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    “If they started that process back when they started talking about wanting to expand replay — at least two or three years ago — we’d have a system now.”

    Exactly – which is why I don’t believe they really want to expand the use.

    But I heard that in order to compensate, the umpries agrees not to get any calls wrong this year

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      say it ain’t so Joe, say it ain’t so.

  2. umrguy42 - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    “If they started that process back when they started talking about wanting to expand replay — at least two or three years ago — we’d have a system now.”

    Ahh, Craig, you’re so optimistic. I like that. No, what we’d have are more excuses why they haven’t expanded replay yet.

  3. cur68 - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I still don’t get what they need the extra cameras for. Every cable broadcast I’ve ever seen has been on top of close plays from multiple angles in seconds. The broadcaster calling the game often knows the right call long before the argument is over on the field. Surely the only thing needed was an agreement that each broadcasting cable company allows a booth ump to review the play, too?


    “We’re not going to get caught in the trap of doing something”

    is little more than a smoke screen for inaction. If Selig gave a crap about the product on the field and fan wishes he’d have had this in place two years ago. Once again, a letter must be sent to Selig. Once again, it will say something like this;

    Dear Bud Selig:
    I see you still have your wrinkled old head up your wrinkled old ass. I don’t expect you’ll have it out of there soon. When yo DO get it out, just keep in mind that with the investment of some lawyer time and ink you’d have this solved in time. I bet you’d even make up the dough spent on the lawyer and on the cable companies with some sweet advertising ops. “The Krispy Kreme Ump Cam” or whatever. GFY.”
    As Always, With Middle Finger Raised,
    A Fan

    • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      1) If you want Old Bud to see that, you better print it out and send it snail mail.

      2) There’s no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks that the official replay determination will be made with anything other than official equipment — brought to you by the official electronic equipment supplier of Major League Baseball. I’m pretty sure they can license the _________-Cam (Sony-cam, Toshiba Instant Replay cam, Official Replay cam brought to you by the electronic experts at Magic 8-ball, etc.). The difference is that they don’t have to share the $$$ w/ Fox/ESPN that way.

      • cur68 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Sure, you’re probably right. The thing is if they did share the dough they’d automatically shift the maintenance and quality of equipment to the cable company. There’d be a cost savings there. Then, while the contract is running, they’d be able to set up their own gear and prepare to go it alone with knowledge of what works best. So no trial and error required. Research carried out, evaluated, changes made, implemented and efficiently done with a seamless transition.

  4. historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Tooooomorrow, tomorrow. I love ya, tomorrow. You’re always a daaaaaaaayyyyyyy awaaaaaaaayyyyyy…

    • paperlions - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Gawd, don’t quit your day job.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Some people’s got NO APPRECIATION for musical theater. sniff

  5. historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    BTW, that “complex variable” is Joe West.

  6. Walk - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    The technology is already in place. Pretty sure there is cameras in every park. Pretty sure they have phones. Seems like the only thing they need to figure out is a budget and how to make that budget disappear into a select few pockets. Thats the read i am getting on this, reminds me all too much of national level politics where a bill is prepped and ready to go and to get the necessary votes riders get attached to divert funds to various place not originally intended.

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