With the 2014 Season just around the corner, MLB has put into effect Instant Replay for Baseball.
There is nothing instant about instant replay, football now allows the ref to "only" be under the hood for 2 minutes on the call in question, yet we can relieve ourselves, make a snack and tweet to everyone else while those 2 minutes occur. While I believe something should have been done, I am not so sure they got it right.
1. Managers have one challenge for the first six innings, which they keep and are able to use once more if the challenge is successful. From the seventh inning on, the umpire crew chief is the sole arbiter of when replay is used.
Okay not so bad on the first half, it's not every game that something happens and if it does it is usually later in tight games. But part 2 of that statement is what really gets me. How many umpires are going to willing put a stop to the game and say "hey I might have missed that one". While probably none, there are the other crew members who might call him out, which means a conversation between the umpires before they decide to allow an instant replay. Then there is the call to the powers to be to check it out. One play alone could take up to 10 minutes if not more.
2. Managers must notify crew chiefs verbally and in a timely manner to lodge a challenge. What is the definition of timely?
Well, that is up to the umpires. MLB has said managers could be disciplined if it is determined that they are using stall tactics before trying to decide to challenge or not.Remember: Selig wants to speed the game up, right
Here are some of the plays that are reviewable.
Balls and strikes aren’t reviewable. THANK GOODNESS
force plays (including at first base), tag plays, trapped balls in the outfield, fair/foul calls in the outfield, and
whether batters have been hit by pitches.
While this is the first go at it, if you dont count the homerun replays, I believe this could greatly slow down the games and I for one liked the human element of the game.
And on one last note MLB is also hoping to have a no collision at home plate rule into effect by Opening Day