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Adventures in replay at the Arizona Fall League …

Nov 6, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

Major League Baseball has begun a trial run of its new replay challenge system in this year’s Arizona Fall League and beat writer Tom Singer is on the scene …

Keep in mind that AFL managers have been encouraged to use their replay challenges liberally. But this system — with challenges rather than a booth umpire — really seems like it’s going to be a mess.

Singer wrote Tuesday — the first night of the trial run — that Salt River Rafters and Mesa Solar Sox players “were loudly and emphatically urging for replays from their respective dugouts after every even remotely close play on the field.” Now amplify that to the major league level, where the games matter much, much more and the stadiums are filled with thousands of fans. AFL games rarely draw more than a couple-hundred people.

  1. clydeserra - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    When this happens again and again, will MLB go to a booth ump?


  2. aceinthehole12 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Most writers are saying how quick this was..nice to know. Some even say it’s shorter than the NFL’s.

  3. coloradothistle - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Watching this, it still strikes me as profoundly stupid. However, they need to use the “eye in the sky” like they are implementing here without the need for the crew to go look at screens somewhere underground. A headset, get the thing done quickly. Ideally, they’d copy the NHL, and have a couple of umps back in headquarters to review and make the call while looking at a bank of screens. They could even incorporate it into MLB Network and have the umps in the studio on camera reviewing and making the call.

    • paperlions - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Well, yeah. It strikes any reasonable person as profoundly stupid upon hearing it, and it against appears easily identifiable as profound stupidity when seeing it happen. Translating that into MLB action means they will probably see it as worthy of re-consideration in around 2030.

      • happytwinsfan - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        much of life is profoundly stupid. it’s gonna happen way before 2030 and overall it will be for the good.

      • paperlions - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        I agree….and I really hope so.

        The problem is that baseball is and always will be run by really conservative old guys….conservative old guys don’t change much and don’t see why things should change from how things were during their salad days. For change, you just have to wait for people to die and be replaced by the next generation (not just in baseball, but in nearly all aspects of life).

      • stex52 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        The problem with many conservative old guys is they exist in an environment where they have been profoundly successful. What possible incentive would they have for changing that environment? So they try to keep everything the way it was.

      • paperlions - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        Yep. That is the problem with our (and all) political systems. All politicians are conservative by definition because they actively work to conserve the system within which they have learned to operate and accumulate power, some are just more conservative (meaning they apply that philosophy to more aspects of life) than others…often to the detriment of society.

        I’ve always thought our power structure and law making procedure was odd, even as I get older. Laws should reflect the needs and wants of they younger generations since, you know, the older one is on the way out or the laws are less applicable to them (e.g. marriage laws), but those same laws are created and voted on by people they don’t and will never affect. Just…weird. The older you get, the less the future is yours.

      • anxovies - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Well, I am an old guy but I probably lean more to the liberal side. I don’t live in a major league city so I watch games on TV. One of the things I always liked about baseball was the continuity where you get to watch the game inning by inning without the annoying commercial breaks every other play as in the NFL. My guess is that MLB and the commercial sponsors will use replay to insert commercials like they do in football, which always sends me flipping through channels after watching the same commercial for the same product 5 times.

  4. bh192012 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    For the fans in the stadium, I’d like to nominate

    clap-clap re-play
    clap-clap re-play

    as the official chant for all close plays.

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