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MLB Expands Instant Replay to Let Managers Challenge Calls
breitbart.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Breitbart Sports

Posted on 01/16/2014 12:22:27 PM PST by ColdOne

On Thursday, Major League Baseball formally approved the use of instant replay for the 2014 season. Under the new system, managers will have one challenge they can use. If their challenge is successful, managers will be able to retain that challenge and use it one more time during the game for a maximum of two challenges per game.

After the start of the seventh inning, the crew chief of the game may choose to use instant replay on any reviewable call even if a manager is out of challenges, according to Major League Baseball's announcement:

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TOPICS: Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: instantreplay; mlb

1 posted on 01/16/2014 12:22:27 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

I hate it.


2 posted on 01/16/2014 12:23:14 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ColdOne

So end baseball.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 12:23:59 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: ColdOne

Baseball really should be electronically officiated, there’s nothing going on in the game that couldn’t be handled with RFIDs, pressure sensors, and Hawk-Eyes. Then there’d be no need for reviews, and they could fire most of their terrible umps.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 12:26:59 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: discostu

Joe West being on the top of the list to be fired first!!!


5 posted on 01/16/2014 12:33:28 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: ColdOne

They’ve done the impossible....come up with a replay rule that is even more screwed-up than the NFL’s.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 12:33:45 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ColdOne

As if three hours isn’t long enough for a baseball game.


7 posted on 01/16/2014 12:34:42 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT; darkangel82; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican

I like it, so many bad calls.

I think the crew chief should be able to challenge any call though not just after the 7th inning, runs scored or not scored in the first inning count just as much as any other.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 12:36:07 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: ColdOne

Will push average game times to over 4 hours.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 12:36:35 PM PST by AU72
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To: dfwgator

I agree. It takes something away from the game.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 12:37:11 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Impy; dfwgator; NFHale; campaignPete R-CT; darkangel82; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican

Agree, but are all MLB games going to become 4 hour marathons? Every game becoming BOS-NYY isn’t a positive.


11 posted on 01/16/2014 12:44:37 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: discostu
Baseball really should be electronically officiated, there’s nothing going on in the game that couldn’t be handled with RFIDs, pressure sensors, and Hawk-Eyes. Then there’d be no need for reviews, and they could fire most of their terrible umps.

I've been saying that since the 1970's at least where we can use electronic referees by doing what you said above. I'd like to see it expanded to football and hockey.
12 posted on 01/16/2014 12:45:57 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: ColdOne

My guess is there will be very few challenges made by managers. I’m thinking the repercussions of showing up and ump won’t be worth one or two overturned calls.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 12:48:07 PM PST by WinMod70
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To: ColdOne

Good,

Nothing ruins the game more than your team losing over a bad call. Ask the fans of the 1985 Cardinals.

I don’t blame the umps for bad calls, they are human, the game is very fast and I am amazed they don’t make even more mistakes.

However, this system SUXXXXXX.

Football’s IR has become a game with in the game, Baseball should be like Hockey and have another ump in booth that can over ride calls as need be.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 12:49:13 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: WinMod70

Good point.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 12:52:51 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: discostu

Have you ever seen what Curt Shilling thinks of that?


16 posted on 01/16/2014 12:53:12 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: dfwgator

Let’s shoot for 12 hours...just like cricket!


17 posted on 01/16/2014 12:54:08 PM PST by gr8eman (How ya doin Bob?...Bitchen!)
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To: WinMod70

I doubt it, because the first question any manager would get with the press is “Why didn’t you challenge that play?”.

Football coaches don’t worry about Refs taking it out on them, and refs in football have a lot more lee-way in what they call or not


18 posted on 01/16/2014 12:55:35 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1
Ask Armando Galarraga.

He is now back in the minors and his one shot at making the history books was thrown away by Jim Joyce not doing his job.

Personally I like the idea of electronic umpires. The human ones even when they are paying attention tend to be erratic in their calls.

19 posted on 01/16/2014 12:59:22 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: dfwgator
As if three hours isn’t long enough for a baseball game.

Three hours? Last season the AZ Diamondbacks played 78 extra innings. And my FIL watched every stinking game they played. I was rooting for them to NOT make the playoffs so I could shut the TV off for a few months.

20 posted on 01/16/2014 1:00:19 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I’d like to the the balls and strikes digitized. You could do it with lasers. The only wrinkle is sizing each batter waist to shoulder.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 1:02:22 PM PST by AU72
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To: nutmeg

replay ping


22 posted on 01/16/2014 1:05:14 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: dfwgator

Hate it too. Is the “neighborhood” play at 2nd on double plays going to be out now? Are we looking at more broken ankles and legs to middle infielders?

Are they going to look at whether the ball was moving around in the glove to determine possession like the NFL on pass receptions which has become inconsistent?


23 posted on 01/16/2014 1:05:43 PM PST by sox_the_cat
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To: sox_the_cat

Actually the neighborhood play is exempt from review

Reviewable plays

Force play (except the fielder’s touching of second base on a double play)


24 posted on 01/16/2014 1:08:29 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: ColdOne

I guess the only good thing about this is they limit it to two challenges (4 max), so hopefully it won’t do too much to the game.


25 posted on 01/16/2014 1:13:40 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: qam1

That’s good. I’d still rather see the umpires get together first and try to get the call correct.


26 posted on 01/16/2014 1:14:04 PM PST by sox_the_cat
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To: ColdOne; nutmeg

Spring Training should be fun as they iron out the kinks.


27 posted on 01/16/2014 1:20:17 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: AU72
Leave it to Bud to sign off on the idea that the game needs to go even more slowly.
28 posted on 01/16/2014 1:31:19 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Svartalfiar

And possibly just the availability of challenges will keep the umps a bit more on their toes.


29 posted on 01/16/2014 1:38:10 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: GOPsterinMA

They gotta stop letting guys take so long between pitches. If 20 seconds pass, call a ball.


30 posted on 01/16/2014 1:53:27 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy
"They gotta stop letting guys take so long between pitches. If 20 seconds pass, call a ball."

I like it. But also the batter. Now it's step out, adjust gloves, scratch whatever, flip the bat, paw the dirt, endless adjusting position in box, pointing bat at pitcher, spit a few times and then get ready. When the pitcher is ready, he can pitch.

31 posted on 01/16/2014 2:09:34 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: GOPsterinMA
I'm reading Bill Bryson's book about the summer of 1927 (it's amazing how many memorable things happened in the summer of '27).

There's a significant amount of baseball in it, what with the '27 Yanks, Ruth's 60 HR, and so forth.

Bryson says the average game in '27 took less than 90 minutes to play. He specifically sites a Yankees double-header that was played in under 2:45.

32 posted on 01/16/2014 2:13:36 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: ex-snook; GOPsterinMA; dfwgator; AuH2ORepublican; campaignPete R-CT

Absolutely, batters shouldn’t be given an unlimited number of “time outs” anymore, that’s just as bad as the pitchers taking too long.


33 posted on 01/16/2014 2:18:38 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: ColdOne

What’s important is getting the call correct, but the replay system has to be quick enough. The review should be limited to 90 seconds, like in the NFL.


34 posted on 01/16/2014 3:58:08 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: AU72

It shouldn’t be too hard to fit everybody with those little targets they use to electronically overlay cartoon type characters onto human body movements. Then they could give the plate umpire a stool and he could sit twelve feet behind home and read novels ‘til a decision is needed.


35 posted on 01/16/2014 6:25:22 PM PST by pa_dweller (Extremist tea-party-driven hostage-taking legislative arsonist without a life)
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Teams will be allowed to have a club employee monitoring video and communicating with the manager whether or not to challenge. Both the home and road teams must have equal access to all video, but no additional electronic equipment will be allowed. Camera angles in all parks will also be standardized.


36 posted on 01/16/2014 7:43:42 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: qam1

Refs and umps are very different, at least presently. Umpires have control in baseball not so much in football. Football is more like the inmates running the prison. When’s the last time you saw a ref run a coach in football?

No reason an official in the booth can’t review questionable calls throughout the game without putting the burden on the managers.


37 posted on 01/17/2014 3:05:59 AM PST by WinMod70
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To: Cyber Liberty

I recall him saying at one point that part of his tape review for game prep was reviewing the ump to get a handle on the size and shape of the ump’s strike zone. And the fact that so many umps have “their” strike zone rather than THE strike zone is often listed as part of the problem with MLB officiating. So I’d guess he’d come out for things that ended custom strike zones, unless he likes the competitive advantage given to pitchers that review ump tapes.


38 posted on 01/17/2014 8:26:33 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: discostu

He beat a strike-zone camera to pieces as he was walking away from an at-bat.


39 posted on 01/17/2014 8:47:22 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: discostu

(So I’d guess he prefers Pitchers who review the calls have an advantage. Part of the game.)


40 posted on 01/17/2014 8:48:29 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

Well I’ll have to disagree with him, the fact that no two umps call the same strike zone in the same league is one of problems with MLB.


41 posted on 01/17/2014 8:51:53 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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