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THE NUCLEAR OPTION—INSTANT REPLAY IS HERE, EMPOWERING BASEBALL’S WHINY LOSERS
Breitbart News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Charles Hurt

Posted on 04/03/2014 6:41:21 PM PDT by This Just In

Monday, March 31--a date which will live in ignominy--Major League Baseball officially legalized whining.

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Frankly, they did not legalize whining. They enabled the game to be played and decided by the players rather than juiced and/or blind umps
1 posted on 04/03/2014 6:41:21 PM PDT by This Just In
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I don't see any problem with ensuring accurate calls are made on the field, I don't buy the claim that blown calls are part of baseball tradition.

As long as there are no unreasonable delays of game.

2 posted on 04/03/2014 6:44:40 PM PDT by skeeter
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Brad Ausmus won two calls for the Tigers yesterday.

I do like the fact that you must win your first appeal or you won’t get another. It prevents the managers from using the appeal to slow the game down.


3 posted on 04/03/2014 6:49:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: skeeter

I watched a college game the other day. The same HP ump as the last game I watched between the same two teams. It’s clear that the ump is bias. The strike zone is a whole lot larger for his boys compared to that of the opposing team. This is just one example of his MO.


4 posted on 04/03/2014 6:49:46 PM PDT by This Just In
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What? The games weren’t long enough already?


5 posted on 04/03/2014 6:50:55 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.)
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If you don’t like delays, watch volleyball.


6 posted on 04/03/2014 6:52:02 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: skeeter

Bad calls are just as much a part of the game as swinging at a bad pitch, or making a wild throw. I watched Scioscia run out onto the field, where he stood looking at the dugout to see if he should challenge a call. He wasn’t even making the decision based on seeing the play differently, he was waiting for someone to watch the play on a monitor to tell him to protest. Why not just put the umps in a room to watch the game on monitors themselves?


7 posted on 04/03/2014 6:52:55 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: skeeter

agreed.

the game is too long in most cases, especially when watched without alcohol.


8 posted on 04/03/2014 6:54:39 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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Stick to pollie BN.


9 posted on 04/03/2014 7:00:48 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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Tigers got two replay rulings yesterday. I doubt it took more than about two minutes total.


10 posted on 04/03/2014 7:03:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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I agree. It is one of the huge problems with baseball. If you have the ability, use it. Recognize the asterisks of the past, but use it now.


11 posted on 04/03/2014 7:09:05 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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I’ve watched several Spring Training games and recaps of most of the games this season. I haven’t seen much time added to the two games I managed to watch in full (I’m on PTO right now). I have seen several calls reversed correctly. I think it’s working and making the game better.


12 posted on 04/03/2014 7:18:28 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Yogafist

“Why not just put the umps in a room to watch the game on monitors themselves?”

That is what they are doing in baseball. The replay officials are in NY and they make the call from their monitor view


13 posted on 04/03/2014 7:49:28 PM PDT by Figment
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They have taken away one of the great intangibles of the game, one which made baseball far less sterile and far more interesting than any other sport.

It's a huge momentum buster and downright pansy in nature.

14 posted on 04/03/2014 7:52:25 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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Sterile? I doubt you can sterilize BB by using a tool which verifies or reverses a questionable call.

As we witnessed in the NFL, professional sports will be more and more politicized. The Superbowl was a rigged game. I don’t believe you can rule out rigging of any sport by way of technology, but these tools help to ensure a fairer game.

We’ve all witnessed juiced games. We’ve all watched game in which the umps were clearly in favor of a particular team.

I want the games to decided by the players performance and not by shady umpires.


15 posted on 04/03/2014 8:04:55 PM PDT by This Just In
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Nothing wrong with making good calls.


16 posted on 04/03/2014 8:48:12 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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Cut it to 8 innings


17 posted on 04/03/2014 8:53:08 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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I don't believe there's an umpire on the field who deliberately shades a call in order to determine the game.

There's never even been a credible accusation of such a thing.

Sure, there's been countless bad calls. Probably thousands.

But I have no reason to believe any of them were dirty.

18 posted on 04/03/2014 9:31:54 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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I applaud the effort to bring instant replay to baseball.
It needs to be refined, but there have been too many wrong calls evident in recent years, one of the most egregious of which was Jim Joyce's blown call on what clearly should have been the final out on Armando Galarraga perfect no hitter.
And then there's Jerry Meals.
19 posted on 04/04/2014 4:42:05 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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If I came to believe that umpire's bad calls were based on dishonesty (to the extent that, say, federal government is dishonest) I would have absolutely no further interest in watching.
I think the officiating errors are human, but no longer necessary to accept in the age of video replay.
20 posted on 04/04/2014 4:47:34 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: cripplecreek
This Just In Tigers got two replay rulings yesterday. I doubt it took more than about two minutes total.

Which is a lot less time than a full blown, managerial rant over a call.

Alas, it means no more kicking dirt on the ump's shoes. But that pretty much ended when Lou Pinella retired.

21 posted on 04/04/2014 4:52:33 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: This Just In

MLB has a 162 game schedule, playoffs are five or seven games, games are nine innings. A blown call that decides a game under these conditions, where the teams have proven evenly matched, is no different than any other random chance; a grounder hitting a base, a pulled hamstring, sun in a fielder’s eyes, etc.


22 posted on 04/04/2014 4:53:04 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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Good idea. Women’s volleyball is much more entertaining than baseball.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.)
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