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Replay will not be available in Australia when the regular season opens

Mar 8, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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Many are anxious to see how the new instant replay system will affect the way baseball is played. They may have to wait a week. According to the Associated Press, replay won’t be available when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks open the regular season in Australia.

Standard replay, for home run and boundary calls, will be available.

Mark Trumbo, one player who will be in Australia for the opener, isn’t concerned about the absence of the new replay system:

“The game has been played the same way for decades, so a few more games probably won’t make a difference. At least I hope they won’t,” Arizona left fielder Mark Trumbo said before Friday’s exhibiton game against Oakland.

“In a perfect world, we would probably have it, but we won’t and we will have to deal with it. It’s just more new technology and you have to adjust,” he said.

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Sheesus, Bill, you can’t just drag all that special top-secret equipment to a foreign country. Do you know what the security measures would cost?? They might steal our replay boxes! The Koreans might hack it to replace the feed with snarky animations! MLB investigators would have to be deployed, and it could start an INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT if they went all Operation-bring-down-A-rod on our allies’ citizens. This is supposed to be a tease. Come to America if you want to see it WITH the replay option. wink, wink

    • paperlions - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Couldn’t they get one of the people that do sketches for court reports and make replay calls based on those?

    • quintjs - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      As a side, there is actually some truth in that solid joke. I remember years ago the ICC (cricket) had issues taking reply technology into Pakistan. The Australian company who developed it could take in some of the high speed cameras I think but the infra-red hot spot and hawk-eye technology the Australian government or someone actually banned it.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      So….what you’re saying is we shouldn’t plan to open a season in Russia in the near future?

      Aaaanndd….now I’m picture A-Rod and Putin riding horses together shirtless so thank you very much for bringing up this topic.

  2. bostonboresme - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Why can’t they just quickly look at the replays on a random tv monitor?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Sheep bombs, dude. The sheep are bombs!

  3. thebadguyswon - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Why can’t they just not play overseas to start the season?

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Or at all. For any reason.

      Also….*Glancing at the NFL*

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        I understand wanting to grow the game, but why not grow it by trying to speed the game up so kids aren’t bored to death by it? The fact that MLB has the oldest fan base is NOT a good thing.

  4. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Another reason why these should be counted as spring training games.

  5. rbj1 - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    So every other rregular season game is going to be played under different rules than these two. It would be a darn shame if the NL West title, or wild card slots were determined by less than three games and there was a controversial call in this series.

  6. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Mar 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    So, the 2014 season will be played with different rules for the first two games. Why not also play the last two games of the season that way if it is no big deal?

  7. sabatimus - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    The rest of the league should be held to the same (restricted) rules for their opening game(s) too. If either team misses the playoffs due to losing because of a blown call that would otherwise have been reviewed, there’s going to be hell to pay.

  8. yahmule - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    How the hell are we going to get along without instant replay for two games?

  9. yahmule - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    How the hell are we going to get along without instant replay for two games?

  10. zdravit - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    What did Australia ever do to deserve real games? I hope the teams use as many bench players as possible.

  11. rcali - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Opening day in another country. What the fu?k is going on?

    • ptfu - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      “We started in 1969 and had plenty of Opening Days over 35-plus years of baseball. Screw you Jeff Loria!” — the ghost of the Montreal Expos

      “We’ve been around for over 35 years and we’ve had quite a few Opening Days in Toronto.” — The Blue Jays

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