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    Default Instant Replay in Baseball?

    Boo!

    It hasn't been used for more than 100 years, so why is it needed now?

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    to have better evidence to base decisions on

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    I hate instant replay. Baseball is such a slow game, how is it that they can't get things right in the first place? If they have such a hard time judging home runs, then they should put a roving ump somewhere in the outfield.

    My understanding is that they will only use instant replay for decisions such as whether a hit is home run or not. They won't use calls for bang-bang plays at the bag, or balls/strikes.

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    If they're going to let the fans see instant, slow motion replay they should let the umps. If the umps can't see it, don't let the fans.
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    Default Re: Instant Replay in Baseball?

    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    If they're going to let the fans see instant, slow motion replay they should let the umps. If the umps can't see it, don't let the fans.
    I don't buy that argument. The fans get to see a lot of things the umps/refs/ etc, don't see by virtue of camera angles, zoom lenses, and of course, replays. Each sport has its rules, and the human fallibility of the officials is just another factor that makes each sport what it is. Fans and players have to accept this and can't hold officials up to an unrealistic standard of perfection. You can change the rules as they did in pro football, but then the game is a little different than it was before.
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    Default Re: Instant Replay in Baseball?

    Do you suppose if instant replay isn't instituted, that fans will leave the game in droves because somebody somewhere got the call wrong? No.

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    i played ball all through college, but I've only been to handful of major league games since (hate the Steinbrenners and refuse to line their pockets). The AAA Yankee team is 10 minutes from house and I've never been to a game, because it is a boring game to watch. Replay will only make a big situation worse.
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    For home run and fair/foul calls, it's fine to me, but that's it. Strikes and Balls are the Umpire's strict domain, but fair/foul can be rough, especially if the umpire is diving out of the way, and often the umpire is too far away to see what happens with the ball on a home run.
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    Default Re: Instant Replay in Baseball?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zapp Brannigan View Post
    For home run and fair/foul calls, it's fine to me, but that's it. Strikes and Balls are the Umpire's strict domain, but fair/foul can be rough, especially if the umpire is diving out of the way, and often the umpire is too far away to see what happens with the ball on a home run.
    They are still going to saddled by camera angles, just like football.
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