The fact that we are in the 21st century and can see TV in true High Definition and can CLEARLY see
balls/strikes/and good and bad calls from the umpires indicates that there are too many OLD people
still in power that want to continue the failed ways to referee a ball game. I say we lay them all off,
they only get in the way anyhow, and replace them with a series of cameras that cover every possibility of playing, and have ONE Referee in the box or NOC watching the game away from the play. The balls and strikes can be represented by an LCD screen behind the plate, or in the outfield. The fans that support and mostly FUND baseball deserve better than the CRAP umpiring that they are getting from these bozos right now.
The team who deserves the win does not always win in this game. The team who deserves to win should win, and the game should not count on the angle the umpire was standing during the time of the play. I fully support this idea of instant replays and i think every TRUE fan of baseball should. You may say that it would be ruining the tradition, but its just starting a new, better tradition.
I'm tired of seeing idiot umpires making the stupidest calls. Using the IR system will benefit the people watching and participating in the sport not some fat know it all behind the plate with a poor line of site and willing to mess up someone's game because of a bad day, its their favorite team loosing, etc... Human error factor right there. Give us IR next season.
Athletes should decide the outcome of sport. Any opportunity a sport has to eliminate human officiating errors should be seized upon. Professional sports is as much about entertainment as it is about competition. It is frustrating as a fan to watch rallies, no hitters, etc. End because of a subjective human error.
The referees blew another call today. Longoria was clearly safe, yet was called out and a run would have been scored. This play may have cost the Rays the game. It is so frustrating that the technology is available, yet the MLB still refuses to use it. Contrary to popular opinion, I don`t think it would slow the game down. In some situations, it may speed it up.
Games should not be decided by bad calls. What happened to Zobrist was ridiculous as only 1 pitch was a strike and the other 2 called strikes were out of the strike zone. Instant replay will eliminate or drastically reduce human error. Foster gave the Rangers a win and took away the rays chance to win with Longoria coming to the plate. Shameful.
Baseball must have replay. People would rather have the calls and the outcome of the game correct, even if it means the game takes 15 more minutes. Plus, it takes longer for the manager to argue the call and get thrown out than it does to do a quick review. It would also affect the business of the game, because players careers can be ruined by a bad call.
It should allowed to a degree. There should not be replay on the strike zone, but there should be replay on a base runner. For example, the Tigers near perfect game. That ref knew he made a mistake. Armando had a great attitude about it though. I believe replay should be allowed.
We all remember Jim Joyce blowing Armando Galarraga’s perfect game by making an awful call at first base. Galarraga retired the first 26 batters he faced, but his bid for a perfect game was ended one out short when first base umpire Jim Joyce blew a call on an infield ground ball. Galarraga instead finished with a one-hit shutout in a 3–0 victory. Joyce spoke with the media following the game and admitted he made a mistake: “I just cost the kid a perfect game.”
Between this blown call, and the blown call in the 19th inning of an important game, the replay issue needs to be addressed.
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every other sport has instant replay except for baseball that is a joke and it also has too much human element. They should have a 5th umpire to be in the box where the instant replay is too make the call it so much faster than the coach coming out and arguing with the umpire cause he mad a bad call
Just watch the games and you will see call after call changing the outcome of the game. Just ask conoe about his recent run in with bad calls. Two bad calls in one game. A play off game at that. For those of you that saw the game, was this a case of where a bad call changed the outcome of the game?
I stopped watching basesball in 1985 after the Royals won over a clearly bad call (when the Cards should have). I love baseball but I felt that strongly about it. The human element caused me to STOP supporting baseball and stop going to games. Human element? How about the Accurate element? What team (and what fans) want their team to win or move forward when they know it was a bad/wrong call that got them there? MLB you need to Get with the times and use replay. 75% of fans support it!!!
Its no secret that American interest in baseball has been declining for years. What has MLB done to correct it? Not much!!! I agree that the game should be sped up to keep the attention of a younger generation of sports fans and If you really think about it, with the technology that exists today, instant replay could help to achieve it, not slow it down. It would take only 30 seconds to review a questionable call which is much less time than it takes for a manager (or players) to come come out of the dugout to get into a heated argument with an umpire (which happens all the time). I don't think balls and strikes should be reviewed but home-runs, fair/foul, out/safe or catches could all be subject to review. A 5th umpire in the press box with a high def monitor could easily call down to the head umpire with a mic and alert him to a bad call and overturn it. Just that simple! Whats so wrong with getting it right? Major League umpires do a great job for the most part but they are human and therefore make mistakes. They are under tremendous pressure to make instant calls correctly and with today's technology it is obvious to those watching on TV when a call is blown. I believe this is causing the umpires to become a laughing stock when they miss calls, get yelled at by a manager then throw the manager out of the game. I love baseball and all of the traditions but this is one area where the quality of the game can be improved. Teams, owners, players, networks and fans alike have too much money and time invested to a game decided by a blown call.
I hate loosing any game. I 'm that girl raised by a dad who never had a boy... (I'm even competitive playing Apples to Apples!) I'm also a life long fifth generation Yankee fan and I am the first to admit when the Yanks stink. Hey its a game, someone wins someone looses. However if the game isn't fair due to bad calls, steroids, or doctored bats, it's wrong and unbearable.
Every week we watch the NFL repeatedly use instant replay to make the correct call. Fans pack the stadiums for every game. Viewers watch from beginning to end. Usually takes twenty seconds. MLB umpiles have gotten so many important calls wrong it's time to use technology. In fairness to the players that play 162 game season plus the post season deserve the technology that the fans enjoy during games. Since the commissioner's office instituted one game wild card games an entire season can be ruined with a single incorrect call. With the tremendous pressure for players and umpires to perform at the highest level it's a great disservice to all for major league baseball to continue this position. "Baseball thinking is midieval". We should have had instant replay for a decade already.
A perfect game is an extraordinary accomplishment that few pitchers ever reach. Two years ago, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Gallaraga did it in an incredible performance, but there was one problem. The umpire, Jim Joyce, made an incorrect call on the last play of the game, ruining his perfect game. If the Major League Baseball allowed the use of instant replay, Armando Gallaraga would receive the honor he deserves.
The use of instant replay should be increased, because it allows everyone to see what happened in a larger scale, and also in slower motion. This allows everyone to see why a referee made a certain call on a play. It adds to the enjoyment of the game, by being able to see the great moments replayed for everyone to see.
Other sports, like football, use instant replay all the time, and calls get changed because of it. Major League Baseball should use instant replay much more, especially on the really close calls. I think, if instant replay were used in those instances, incorrect calls should be changed. I'm not saying that the home plate ump should have his ball/strike calls changed, but definitely safe/out calls, if they are obviously wrong, should be changed. It can really change the tide of a game, and change the fate of a team during playoffs.
There was the unfortunate case of the Tigers pitcher who lost out on his perfect game because of a bad umpire call. If it was allowed right then and there, the replay would have shown the truth. But like in the NFL, it needs to come at a cost, where a team may have only so many per game, or have to pay a penalty for the play to be reviewed.
Instant replay should be used more often, as long as they come up with some type of system that does not slow down the progress of the game. It could be used more to make sure balls landed in the field of play on hits down the line, or for close plays at home plate. They need to look at the way the NFL works its instant replay, and attempt to mimic that.
Yes they should because there are a lot of plays that should be called safe but the umpires called it out. It would help because they could get the right calls and people wouldn't get as angry like coaches and fans.
Yes, Major League Baseball should use more instant replay because the technology is available and it would eliminate human error in regards to missed calls by the umpires, especially since it costs some teams games and it ruined a perfect game pitched by a Tiger pitcher this year.
Instant replay would not be appropriate for everything in baseball; it still has a place in the game. Without a doubt, balls and strike should stay a human called item. But for certain plays the impact of a bad call are just too large as evidenced by the Detroit Lions game. It is not impossible that a similarly bad call could cost someone a World Series and that is unacceptable.
Armando Galarraga should of had a perfect game, but the umpire took it away from him. There is no reason a call should be missed; they should always be reviewed. The game should not be decided by an umpire. It just doesn't make sense why we can't take the time to get it right. A picture tells everything.
Major League Baseball still does not have instant replay beyond boundary calls on home runs. There have been too any mistakes made in the past due to wrong call. Using instant instant reply would make it more fair
The recent loss of a no-hitter game over a bad call is a black mark on the game.
I think they should take advantage of the ability to review the close calls just like they do with NFL games. Baseball games are much slower paced, so it wouldn't be a huge interruption to the game if they took another look at questionable calls. Seeing things from different angles will allow the refs to come to a much more conclusive decision.
A lot of times in baseball the outcome in a game would be different if there was instant replay. Umpires don't always get everything right. For example, in the braves-pirates game that went into the 17th inning, looking at the replays, the braves runner was definitely out at the plate, but the umpire called him safe and so the braves won the game. Or the tigers' pitcher whose perfect game was taken away because of an ump's decision to call a guy safe at first who was clearly out. It would just make the game more fair.
Baseball is a game made to mess up in! The best hitters in the world become Hall of Famers for failing 7 out of 10 times! So if the best players in the world fail whyy would you expect the best umpires to be perfect? I would like to see all of you go out there and call a perfect game! These umps work their butts off to call the fairest game possible but MISTAKES HAPPEN! That's the name of the game.
Take away my umpires, or their meaning, and baseball has little else to cling to its roots or integrity. I'll be first to be admit. I have only umpired professionally in lower levels of baseball, and I can't imagine the pressure MLB umps are under every day, but this bit of exposure has completely changed my opinion of umpires in general. I only has respect for them. The only reason people have severely questioning their judgement (beyond fanatic bias that has existed since the games conception) is because every night they see some guy on ESPN slowing down a play to 30 frames/sec with 5 angle proving a player was safe by a cm. Don't get me wrong, we want to get the call right, we want to get the call right, but by our own judgement. There is a reason there an OBR rule against arguing judgement calls. Are are you going to argue with training, lack of bias, and being in the best position to see the play of anyone in the ballpark? There are couple gross errors but i guess that`s just the game. Instant replay will only make the game boring and make it longer.
The use of instant replay in Major League Baseball should not be increased, because it would eliminate the human factor from the game. It is up to the umpires to determine whether a ball is fair or foul, or whether a player is safe or out. The controversy created when a call is disputed creates interest in the game and gets fans of both teams talking. Stopping games to use instant replay has other detrimental effects. The length of an average game would increase. The momentum a team is building could be disrupted. The pitchers would have to throw more to keep their arms loose during the added breaks. While I believe that instant replay could affect the outcome of a few games per season, there is not enough justification to increase its use. It is more important to keep the spirit of the game alive through traditional decision making.
If every play turned into instant replay, baseball games would take the better part of a day to finish. Another aspect is that it would lesson the truly spectacular plays' appeal if every play was considered for instant replay. Great plays like home runs should be the only instant replay seen. I think actually they should lessen instant replay to keep the announcer from analyzing one play to death.
I have been an umpire for competitive baseball for about 6 years now and it would only further the aggression towards the umpires. It would slow down the mlb game even more than it already is.
fans care a hell of a lot more then the errors that are made then the players do and isn't it the players that matter?
Many people that I've talked to say that a reason that they don't like baseball is how long it takes. If we were to add instant reply into the picture, it wouldn't fix anything. Although it would make things more accurate, there would still be no way to fix every single little error. Humans are fallible and we just have to deal with it. Instant reply would bore us by turning a 3-hour game into a 4 or 5 hour game. Less people would also enjoy watching games at stadiums and therefore just lazily watch from the couch. This hurts stadium business and puts the whole economy out of whack.
Expanding replay, aside from extending games, will also pose a new series of problems. Not only would an umpire need to decide if a play was legal, they would also need to make critical assumptions if the blown play was to have continued. For example: if a catch was over-ruled with a runner in 2nd base, would the umpire award the batter first base and leave the runner on second? Or would the umpire assume the runner would have scored? Too much control is left up to the officials, which is bad for any sport.
I think it should only be used in a very IMPORTANT situation, such as the last out in a perfect game (I almost cried for Armando Galaragga when he lost that perfect game), or a home run. I think that they could possibly give the managers a challenge flag like in football, and implement that rule. But otherwise, taking away umpires removes the human element which has been in place since the sport began, and eventually that can escalate to removing them entirely or having robots as players or something stupid like that.
Baseball is a slow paced game, but yet when the ball is in play it is face paced. It has been like this since the Babe Ruth and the other legends started playing. It is a game of boom boom plays and the umpires job is to make the best call. If they were to add the instant replay it would yes make the game fair, but there are so many plays that would need reviewing it would be way over used and make the game carry on longer. Don't get me wrong I love baseball, but some games tend to drag on and at some points be very boring and add the replay would add on to the length of the game and be used way to much.
Since when has a game of baseball been perfect with all the right calls, all the right balls and strikes? Never. Blown calls in baseball are just a part of the game that has always been there. Yes everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect so why do we expect umpires to be? Adding more instant replay will hurt the game.
Baseball has been around for years, where it has been called by a umpire. Why start to break the tradition of what baseball really is? Sure it can change the outcome of a game, but it has been this way forever, that's what baseball is about. Why ruin what baseball is and try and make technology a part of the game. It is a mental game. You're not suppose to be perfect everyday, even if you're and umpire. I think it should stay how it is, let the umpires make the calls and leave baseball how it has always been.
Bad calls are part of the game, and baseball is already slow enough for the majority of the country's interest, you can not tell me when an umpire makes the wrong call that it doesn't make you get up and scream at the TV, it makes you get into the game! The only thing perfect in baseball is a line drive hit up the middle, why don't we keep it that way?
Baseball is a game of judgment, unpredictability and momentum. How does a player react to a bad call? Even with replay it would not be perfect. Yes a few calls might get overturned, and the game would be even slower. Leave it as it is please; baseball needs an authority figure that ultimately rules. Video would take something we love away from the game.
My reason for saying no is that, first, it slows the speed in the game, and increasing the length. Instant replay could also destroy rallies. For example, a team could be doing really well one inning, someone is called safe on a play, and the instant review, whether it is safe or out, will put a stop to the game and ruin a really.
If there are runners on base, there are too many possible outcomes that are dependent on the call. Instant replays in baseball can only work if there are no runners on base, otherwise screwy stuff will start happening in hopes or in the chance of a call being overturned. Runners will continue to advance, and defense will have to continue to get outs past the 3rd out in case it's overturned. Even with a fair ball that results in multiple errors and the batter advancing all the way to home, then it is determined to be foul, did all those errors never happen?