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Buck Showalter is in favor of baseball’s new replay system

Aug 18, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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Commissioner Bud Selig recently announced the proposed additions to the sport’s use of instant replay, including the implementation of a challenge system. It was panned almost universally by pundits and fans, and even a majority of managers aren’t looking forward to it. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, however, is not among them.

CSN Baltimore’s Rich Dubroff’s latest article has a ton of quotes from Showalter on the new system. Though his enthusiasm seems a bit subdued, he is happy baseball is embracing the use of technology more and more.

“I knew the capability they had. They can take it as far as you want to take it. When you have to watch a replay three times to see if it’s right or wrong, it shows you the challenge they have. I can’t imagine a harder sport to umpire or officiate,” Showalter said.

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“I think you’d be surprised at how little delay there actually is. There’ll be some problems. They haven’t sat down and talked to us and shouldn’t because it actually isn’t until next year.”

While the new system portends to get more calls right than ever before, it still has some obvious flaws, in that the nature of the system will still let otherwise-reviewable plays stand without review, either because a manager is stategically reserving his challenges, or because a manager has already used up his allotment. The system has certainly thrived in the NFL, but as George Carlin told us many years ago, the two sports are very, very different.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    To be fair, he is in the “It’s better than nothing.” camp. Not really in favor of it, just glad to see they are doing something at all.

  2. cocheese000 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    The fifteen extra minutes or so this is going to take is well worth having more of the calls correctly called.

  3. yousuxxors - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    I think the NHL challenge system would work perfect with baseball. you also have more time between plays to change the call without ruining the flow of the game to bad. football set up their challenge system because the most important play, touchdowns, are all reviewable and to many reviews will ruin the momentum. 10 seconds can be huge in football. they made rules to make the game faster and don’t want to fuck with that. I feel like between batters in baseball with a review office somewhere watching all games that they can change the call without ruining the momentum to bad.

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