Thursday, May 22, 2008
MLB needs instant replay
I've become a sucker for baseball history. It's thrilling to learn about the guys who started it all, the plethora of leagues that eventually became the AL and NL, Babe Ruth, 1919 Black Sox scandal, Tiger Stadium, and Hank Aaron. I'll stop there.
The history of the game is tremendous and its what drives the sport today. Baseball is America's Pasttime. Always has been, always will be.
But we're past the time of instituting instant replay into the game. It should already be here. History and preservation of baseball shouldn't be paired with the human element that berthed in the 1870s with the game.
This is 2008. It's time baseball uses instant replay.
I don't want balls and strikes replayed. Nor do I want force outs, tag outs or if a ball was a hit or error. The human element will take care of that.
But I want home runs replayed. Three home runs in the past few days have been ruled... well, not home runs.
The umpires goofed up, admitted their mistakes, and baseball moved on. None of these non-home run calls played a significant role in their respective games. But we all know how baseball is played and there's plenty of opportunities for a blown call to ruin an outcome.
In brief time, I believe, baseball will fix this problem and we'll all continue to enjoy this tremendous game.