Debate on instant replay in Major League Baseball is once again heating up. Is there a need for instant replay in MLB? Most definitely. The game, like technology, has evolved. MLB should implement instant replay across the board. Without it, the game is suffering a credibility problem. As long as human umpires call games, there will be blown calls.The problem: baseball can’t afford mistakes.
Last season, long-time MLB umpire Jim Joyce blew a call at first base in the 9th costing a no-hitter. Just a few days ago, Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales rolled his ankle on a play at first where the runner was out but called safe. Granted, the umpire was a rookie umpire, but still.
Blown calls such as these cost the game credibility. Baseball has always been a game of perception.
Umpires see strikes and balls. Batters and pitchers see balls and strikes. I’m, once again, not advocating for replay on balls and strikes. However, some calls warrant a second look. Baseball is about history and statistics. Without replay, the history of the game is questionable. Replay will enhance the accuracy of the game for future generations. The history of the game, as in all sports, is the measuring stick for greatness. We cannot go back in time obviously. However, I believe the game, and its commissioner, need to modernize and modernize soon.
In December, the current CBA between MLB and the Players Union expires. Currently we are witnessing the same debacle in football. However, the NFL’s product seems to be more marketable. Football, more so than baseball, appeals to more people. Not to mention, coaches in the NFL can challenge what they perceive to be bad calls.
Major League Baseball cannot afford to lose fans. A lockout will have such an impact. For example, look at Tampa Bay’s attendance record. What will a lockout do to that team? Incorporating instant replay now will add to the credibility and competitiveness of the game. This in turn will not only retain an audience, but may attract new fans.
In this instance, we have the technology. Why not use it?
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!