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Bud Selig’s view on replay has “evolved”

May 19, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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This pairs nicely with the situation that arose in the sixth inning in Baltimore this afternoon. Major League Baseball is likely to expand video review in 2014, reports the Associated Press. Commissioner Bud Selig, who has staunchly opposed expansion of replay usage in the past, says his view on the issue has “evolved”. After watching the Angel Hernandez and Fieldin Culbreth spectacles recently, it would have been more remarkable if Selig’s views had not evolved.

Some other interesting information from the AP article:

In tests last year at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, MLB experimented with the Hawk-Eye animation system that is used to judge line calls in tennis and the TrackMan radar software used by the PGA Tour.

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The group is examining whether to have replay officials in booths at ballparks or at a central location, and whether to have umpires wear headsets, as soccer officials do. Torre is against giving managers a challenge system, as NFL coaches have, but says opinion is split.

I, for one, welcome our new robot umpire overlords.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Is there anything that marks you as a bitter, out of touch old person than defiantly opposing expanded use of technology?

    “Oh the human element is what makes the game great.” No. No it isn’t. Because if the “human element” comes into play, it’s because they fucked up. And that is only “great” for the team that benefited from their fuck up.

    Getting calls right 100% of the time would be great.

    • tjwilliams - May 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      That’s the thing I’ve never understood. If baseball had been invented with robot umpires and a perfect officiating system, nobody would be coming in and saying “You know what we need? Human error. More chaos would make this game way better.” And, yet, opposing replay based on the “human element” is the same thing.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        “What do we need foul lines for? A good ump can tell if it was on this side of the first base bag or that side….we don’t need to bring chalk into this.”

        -Bud Selig’s dad.

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        By “evolved,” does that mean that Bud is growing his prehensile tail back?

    • malbrecht4 - May 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      I couldn’t agree more, however if Buddy boy is involved, the replay system won’t be designed to do that.

  2. randygnyc - May 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Me too, Bill. Get it right at all costs.

  3. chill1184 - May 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Am I the only one who doesn’t expect the words Lord Selig and evolved in the same sentence?

  4. rbj1 - May 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Evolved? It’s intelligent design!

    • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Patient: TB?! My God, are you sure?
      Doctor: Afraid so, but we caught it early.

      Patient: So my prognosis is good?
      Doctor: Depends. Are you a creationist?

      Patient: Why yes, why do you ask?
      Doctor: Because I need to know whether you want me to treat the TB bug as it was before antibiotics or as the multiple-drug-resistant strain it has since evolved into.

      Patient: Evolved?
      Doctor: Your choice. If you go with the Noah’s Ark version I’ll just give you streptomycin.

      Patient: Uh, what are the newer drugs like?
      Doctor: They’re intelligently designed.

  5. manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    MLB makes it to the 20th century just 12 1/2 years into the 21st. Not bad. Looks like Selig’s immunity from embarrassment by his umpires is “evolving,” too. “Evolving” in this case meaning finally getting it through his thick skull that fans would much rather see fairly played games instead of umpires making negative headlines for the sport.

  6. historiophiliac - May 19, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I can’t wait to watch you guys argue about the replay calls.

    • chill1184 - May 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      Yes but it will be fun

  7. onbucky96 - May 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Come on Bud, what about the human element? Here’s hoping the future robot umps will be Cylons…Caprica 6 calling balls and strikes.

  8. Kevin S. - May 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Obama “evolved” on SSM right before the floodgates opened on legalization. Hopefully Selig’s evolution will lead to similar results.

  9. The Dangerous Mabry - May 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    If umpire errors are really good for baseball, then shouldn’t we be doing everything we can to increase the number of umpire errors? Otherwise, let’s stop claiming it’s a good thing.

  10. grumpyoleman - May 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    At least when they delay the game for a review I can run out and mow the lawn, wash my car, and paint the house before they come back and say it was inconclusive or just flat out get it wrong.

  11. malbrecht4 - May 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Why not just get better umpires? Replay won’t help if the umps don’t know the rules(LAA-HOU game). Fire the bad umps!

  12. stevem7 - May 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    The only thing on BUTT SELIG that evolves is his hemorrhoids as he continues to sit there and is incapable of doing anything that betters the game.

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