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Improving America’s Pastime: Baseball | Suggestion #3 – Instant Replay

2012-July-21
By Martie Hevia | Blue Beach Song™

“Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas. I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms.”

~Branch Rickey

Suggestion #3: Instant Replay


The Worst Baseball Call
The Case for Instant Replay


It is understood, amongst baseball people, that change comes slowly to baseball. Everything in baseball seems slower, paced, and thought out. It is part of what we all love about the game. However, the time has come to adopt instant replay. All of the other sports have adopted the new technology, perhaps it is time that America’s pastime do the same.

What is the paralyzing fear that keeps Major League Baseball in the dark ages when it comes to giving umpires the tool that can help them get the calls right?

If football can do it, so can baseball. Instant replay will prevent an umpire from stealing a no-hitter from a really good guy and a great pitcher. (You know who you are.) Instant replay can help settle really bad calls and avoid ‘makeup’ calls.

If MLB can allow the time for the coaches and players and umps to stand on the field and argue for an eternity, perhaps they can allow a couple of minutes for a quick review of an instant replay. In the end, all that arguing and fighting will be unnecessary… just look at the instant replay!

What’s wrong with that?






NOTE: This was the third of a 30-part series of posts offering suggestions (sometimes tongue-in-cheek) on how I would improve the game of baseball. This series is based on my original (very long) post: Baseball: How I (A Girl) Would Improve America’s Pastime, it provides the context for this series of posts. I hope you enjoy the series and offer your own suggestions! All the best, -Martie







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