AS IF A NINE-INNING GAME wasn't long enough, Braves slugger Chipper Jones wants Major League Baseball to consider the
implementation of instant replay.
"Anything to get calls right," Jones told the
Associated Press yesterday.
The gripe stems from umpires bungling
home-run calls on back-to-back nights. The
first gaffe was in a Sunday night game between the Yankees and Mets in which a Carlos Delgado jack was deemed foul. The very next night, umps mistakenly ruled a ball off the centerfield wall in play at the Astros' Minute Maid Park. The call was so fuzzy, it prompted a reconfiguration of the yellow line on the outfield wall the next day!
Now while the NFL, NBA, NHL and some NCAA sports do use some type of instant replay, I feel that putting it in baseball is just going to make a long game even longer.
Don't get me wrong, I like baseball, but to introduce instant replay almost ensures that every manager will challenge every questionable tag,
every ball down the line and every close play at home plate.
Just think how much time that will add to a game that already takes aeons to conclude.
"The commissioner is not a fan of it," MLB executive Bob Watson said. "He calls 'instant replay' getting the umpires together and trying to get the call right. That is instant replay in his opinion."
Gotta agree with the commish here; you're telling me that four umpires during the regular season and six during the postseason can't come to an executive decision?
Still, according to the AP report, some believe that baseball could bring replay to life in the
coming years, testing it out initially in spring training and minor league games.
However, true baseball traditionalists think it will never come to fruition, like Mets reliever
Billy Wagner, who surprisingly takes my sentiment on the whole idea.
"What makes the game good is the human element of it. The mistakes; like the strike zone," Wagner said. "Those are human decisions. If it's right or wrong, you just go with it."