The Little League World Series is currently entertaining fans across the globe. Major League Baseball, and a certain commissioner who apparently will have his statue erected in Milwaukee, should learn from the little leaguers.
The Little League World Series currently employs the use of instant replay. I think this is a great thing. I consider myself to be a baseball traditionalist. If you read earlier posts concerning my thoughts on the steroid era, you will agree I consider the history of the game to be extremely important. Critics of replay may then say how can you be a traditionalist and still want replay? This is a simple question; I value the history and integrity of the game.
Baseball is a culture. Like all cultures, baseball must change with the times. We now have the technology to get the calls right. Why not use it? From my traditionalist perspective, the implementation of instant replay in baseball would uphold the fundamental fairness of games. May I remind you of a certain pitcher earlier this season who lost a no-hitter in the 9th due to an admittedly bad call.
I am not advocating managers challenge balls and strikes. I am advocating that certain, game changing and potentially division standing situations be reviewed. Hockey does it with goals, the NFL allows coaches challenges, and the Little Leaguers use it. Future generations of baseball players are experiencing the use of replay now. Does anyone in MLB think these kids may want replay when they reach higher levels of play?
I say we are overdue for instant replay. If not, Major League Baseball may face similar criticisms and animosity the World Cup did this past year. Can baseball really afford this?
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think below.