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What technology is Major League Baseball using to review plays?

May 10, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Being told be several people that teams do not use the 2008 Sharp TVs for replay. That they have true HD screens of more modern vintage. This makes sense to me. It’d still be good if MLB was more upfront with it, however.

9:38 AMNot sure what to make of this Deadspin post. It shows a fairly small and antiquated TV which doesn’t do true high definition in the bowels of a ballpark, reporting that this is the TV that major league umpires use to review plays. The reason: a sponsorship deal with Sharp and no apparent desire to keep things up to date.

But then later in the article:

Most of what we know about how MLB handles replay comes from 2008, when the system was first implemented. They haven’t talked about any changes since then, and when we asked very specific questions about the technology used a league official politely declined to answer any of them. It’s possible they have larger screens (and ones from Samsung, the new MLBAM official sponsor) but MLB didn’t confirm anything of the sort when we asked—and we can’t find any evidence the system’s technology has been revamped at all, something you’d assume the league would trumpet in support of its sponsor.

So maybe this is old information. But, at the very least, it seems like MLB should say it’s old information if it is. And affirmatively state what technology umpires are using to review plays.

People don’t trust baseball’s umpires or its review system right now, and for good reason. A good way to get people to start trusting again — apart from the obvious in not botching easy calls — would be for Joe Torre or someone in a position of authority to explain the system being used and assure us that it’s the best it can reasonably be. To assure us that the men in charge of deciding things in games aren’t worse off than some fan 500 miles from the park watching the replay on his iPhone.

If it’s not: well, umpires aren’t the only thing we need to worry about.

  1. baseballicious - May 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

  2. cur68 - May 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    In all honestly I think that the people in charge don’t really like baseball. Its all about money with them. And why spend money on something you don’t like? Their customers still show up, so ‘eff ’em.

    If they DID care about baseball at all and things being done properly they’d make sure the calls were correct. I’m failing to understand how Pitch FX is available to me on my cell phone and not for an umpire. I’m failing to understand how a cell phone, which can accommodate Pitch FX, can’t be employed to contact an umpire watching the network broadcast for a high def replay. That whole process would take considerably less time, and be far more accurate, than all of those elderly, overweight buggers lumbering off the field to look at a tiny CRT screen who then lumber back out and STILL get the ‘effin call wrong thus touching off a half hour long riot with the manager and players.

    Clearly the people in charge could give a crap about the lousy umping. They only give a crap about raking in the dough.

    • ireportyoudecide - May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      So true. What about the fact that the umpires union is so powerful they do not let MLB stadiums show replays of close plays or pitches. Pitch FX should be on the centerfield video screen for every pitch, and the Umps should use it!

  3. flosox - May 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I work for a multi-billion corporation as well and somehow my Microsoft Office platform is a decade old…

    • heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      If you *don’t* have to deal with SAP, consider yourself lucky.

    • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      @%^#@^&^&$%^#@ Internet Explorer! I had to relearn to use it for work because it had been so long since I’d used it. In the interim, they’d somehow managed to bing it less user-friendly.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Bada-bing seems pretty user friendly to me, then again I’ve been using it at work 40 hours a week since it’s inception. I’m probably biased, what’s funny is how googlers seem to take it personally when you mention bing.

        Dude, i’m just looking for a recipe for Arrabiata Gravy, chill.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Ok, fine. I’m a moron. Are you happy?

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        BTW, I used to laugh at government and then I went back to work in the private sector. It is NOT more efficient or advanced in a lot of ways. I wish I could tell you the real irony about my IE hate.

    • ireportyoudecide - May 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      you probably work for the Gov’t

      • heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        I think they still run on DOS.

      • historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        When I was w/ the State, we used WordPerfect circa 1999…only it was 2011. 😦

      • heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Just seeing, LOL! Government, just, sigh.

    • deep64blue - May 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Trust me, that’s a good thing. All the changes Microsoft have done since then have actually made the product worse.

  4. flosox - May 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM



  5. logisticalvoices - May 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I blame Roger Goodell

  6. dowhatifeellike - May 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Bud isn’t going to spend any money on this because money spent by MLB is money that doesn’t go in his pocket.

  7. snowbirdgothic - May 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I believe they actually send the replays over to the giant wall of TVs at the MLB Fan Cave. However, all reviews must wait to be judged until after Staind finishes their “surprise” three song set.

  8. heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    “It’d still be good if MLB was more upfront with it”

    Now isn’t that a pipe dream to end all pipe dreams.

    Personally, I think they should hir a bunch of Judge Judy and Joe brown types to handle the replays and air it live in the broadcast. You’d end up with a quicker decision and correct judgement, all while being slightly entertained.

  9. rcali - May 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I watched the reply on my cellphone. MLB is pathetic on this topic.

  10. Tim's Neighbor - May 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Deadspin speculating instead of actually confirming a report? I don’t believe it.

  11. @Cereal_22 - May 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Baseball has always been run poorly. The product sells itself not even these rich idgits can mess it up

  12. stayclassyasheville - May 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Go to PFT now. This is a stupid blog about an outdated sport. What a joke baseball has become! Thanks Bud Selig.

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