Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Imperfect Game of Baseball
I have to reiterate what I've said for years. Why is there not instant replay in baseball? There is no game clock. There is about 30 seconds between each pitch. Every viewer on TV sees a replay 5 seconds after it happens. Why can't there be an umpire upstairs who reviews each play and signals down when something should be reviewed? Or why can't each manager be given something like 5 challenges per game? I am not talking about balls and strikes, but every single play in the field can easily be reviewed. Baseball is the only sport where you can be just about 100% correct. To me it is inexcusable that they don't treasure accuracy. Its laughable that a sport so concerned about exact stats embraces human error in their umpires. Galarraga was robbed but it wasn't really the ump's fault. Its baseball's fault.
With word this morning that Selig won't overturn the call, its clear that the commissioner is as impotent now as he was during the steroid era. This is not about precedent. This is about doing the right thing. Baseball clearly has no interest in that.