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Should MLB institute a more comprehensive replay policy?

Total: 10 votes (2 blank votes)

  • Yes
  • 75 %
  • No
  • 25 %
October 7, 2010 8:19:50 PM

With the MLB playoffs underway, the calls for instant replay have undertaken a more desperate tone. With two notable bad calls by umpires thus far (and throughout the regular season), many have insisted that MLB's instant replay policy be expanded in order to get the call correct, especially during vital games. For those not familiar with the current replay policy, it can only be used in disputed home run calls, i.e. whether the ball went over the yellow line or if it was inside the foul poll. Those against expanded instant replay argue that it would take the human element out of the game and amongst other things, delay the a given game time wise.

Seeing that this is a tech related site and instant replay involves using modern technology, i.e. high definition views amongst other attributes, I figured that I would inquire with Tom's members on the matter.

So, what say you? Yes or no?

I vote yes BTW.

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October 8, 2010 8:38:50 PM

I voted yes, but ultimately I believe it should be like football, and have a certain amount of challenges, or replays they can use per 9 innings. On top of that I agree with an automatic replay on the questionable calls for line shots, home runs, and even game changing ball strike calls. The Yankee game was completely botched, because of a bad call at the plate.
October 11, 2010 6:33:54 PM

I completely agree sportsfanboy. There should be a set of parameters in place like in the NFL where a manager has a few challenges that he can use whenever he wants. Not to mention automatic reviews on HR calls, foul calls, etc...

You know, if you look at that "PitchTrax" thing, it's pretty obvious that many plate umps and their so called "strike zones" are pathetic. Of course, fixing that and using instant replay won't happen anytime soon, unless someday they go to a robot or something making the calls.
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October 11, 2010 7:50:09 PM

It's funny you mention that, because I was talking about this the other day with a friend. We said that you could easily put a small magnet or piece of metal in the center of the ball, as well as sensors or magnets around the border of the plate. Couple that with the pitch zone and there should be no question where the ball is. Send the data to the home plate umpire via headphones, and let him make the call that way.

I understand that MLB needs to uphold a certain level of history and tradition, but enough is enough. Just way too much human error going on with these umpires.
October 11, 2010 7:53:58 PM

Oh on a side note, what ever happened to the so call "high strike" that they instituted about 5 or so years ago? It used to be at the belt and knees. After the high strike, I believe it was suppose to be about three inches above the belt, and at the knees. Any idea if they changed it back, or did they just not ever enforce it.?
October 11, 2010 8:42:06 PM

Right on. It would be great to see such technology implemented, but as you mentioned, I suspect that the head honchos at MLB will stick to tradition as much as possible. I know that the player union will be having a word with the umpire's union during the off season (a very rare event), so may be they can narrow the strike zone down a bit or have some sort of uniform strike zone that all umpires have to adhere to.

In regard to the high strike calls, I know that it is still enforce. They are calling it more and more each year, but nowhere near enough.
October 11, 2010 9:27:27 PM

I think it's kind of laughable that these umps set their own strike zone, effectively making the rules up as they see fit. It reminds me of how judges do things, with their own interpretation of the law.
October 12, 2010 8:05:31 PM

Exactly. Rules, especially in regard to sports aren't meant to be interpreted, but rather enforced as they are written. The situation would be similar to an NBA ref deciding that the 3 point line isn't far back enough, so instead, for a three to be a three in his terms, a player would have to be take the shot 5 feet from behind the line.
October 13, 2010 7:26:13 PM

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For those not familiar with the current replay policy, it can only be used in disputed home run calls, i.e. whether the ball went over the yellow line or if it was inside the foul poll.


Nobody disputes the Babe.

October 13, 2010 7:53:02 PM

LOL, when a dominant pitcher can hit 60 home runs in a season, they get a free pass.
October 13, 2010 8:05:19 PM

You are talking to guy who threw darts at his Ruth cards. I ued to pull Mantle and Mays cards from bubble gum packs. Pete Rose rookie cards were too frequent. I volted yes, but may live to regret it.
October 13, 2010 8:09:15 PM

@buwish are you familiar with the NBA 'review' rule? I'm a big NBA fan. Basically in the last two minutes of the game, the refs can review any play and change the call accodingly. Any 'buzzer beater' game endng score is subject to auto review. I think this review policy works very well. Get it right for gosh sakes. Which is what the policy accompolishes.
October 13, 2010 8:15:35 PM

I like the tradition in baseball... Dirt kicking, managers yelling, umpires yelling strike or ball incoherently, everyone spitting constantly, it's good stuff. You would think however, after a hundred plus years they could find a way to get call right.
October 13, 2010 8:18:01 PM

Boo, I grew up a Larry fan
October 13, 2010 8:26:36 PM

Love Larry. I grew up with no team. Adopted the Lakers in the 80's. Consider the Lakers the class of the league. Lived baseball as a kid. Cardinals! I was a pitcher in high school. I remember where I was when Ken Boyer hit the grand slam that beat the Yankees in '64 series. Angels fan today. But, don't watch a lot of baseball presently. I should watch more. Caught a bit of the playoffs in recent days. Enjoyed!
October 13, 2010 8:33:09 PM

I salute your sportsmanship, most people can only tolerate teams from their area. The 80's where the best for basketball. All laker Celtics series, were amazing. Nothing in recent NBA history can touch it in my opinion. Yeah baseball playoffs have been pretty good this year. The refs have been inconsistent as usual. I'll make reference to that really obvious missed strike call in the last Yankee series.
October 13, 2010 9:22:06 PM

The Lakers spoil their fans. Like the Celts did in the late 50's and 60's. Lakers have won five championships since 2000 and appeared in a sixth. Then fans have Bryant scoring 81! The Lakers go for their second 'threepeat' as champions this millenium. LOL! Is that spoiled or what. Celts have the two Oneals, Shaq and Jermaine this year. Lakers counter adding the muscle of Matt barnes and Ratliff. Good chance of another Boston/LA championship series next May. Of course their Miami who should win a lot of games. Like Phil said, "it's not talent that wins championships, it's working together as a team." Somethng like that.

Phil Jackson has won 11 championships, 6 with Jordan, five with Bryant. Go figure.
October 13, 2010 10:11:03 PM

sportsfanboy said:
LOL, when a dominant pitcher can hit 60 home runs in a season, they get a free pass.


Red Sox always suffered due to trading their most famous player in history. Took them like 80 years to recover from 'the curse'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Pole

October 13, 2010 10:30:00 PM

Curse you Badge, don't remind me,lol Buckner?

The Redsox have won more titles than the Yankees, recently at least. This year they were great on paper, but were injured to no end. For a good majority of the season we had maybe 3 or 4 out of the 9 intended starters on the field.

Nothing Beats Red Auerbach's eight championships in a row. No one will ever beat that record.
October 13, 2010 10:56:57 PM

The Buckner play still makes grown men cry. Then there was Yaz. Didn't He win the triple crown back in the 60's? Maybe that was Secretariat? And Ted Williams hitting .400 Somebody's gotta do that. Pete Rose passd Stan the Man and then Ty Cobb. Then's there's the O.J. records in football that wll NEVER be broken.
October 13, 2010 11:34:55 PM

No, your right, someday All records will be broken. This day and age is different in pro sports. Players as well as staff, do not have the same loyalty and commitment(in my opinion) as the old timers did. That makes at least one record more difficult to break. Ripkin was definitely a tough son of a bitch. Does make you wonder how many times he played in pain, or with the flue.

The Jahingir Khan and Esther Vangeer rival those 8 in a row link is interesting, never heard of them but impressive. I think his name was Carl Secretariat Yastrzemski, and that man could have beat the quadrupeds in a race if necessary.

You know the sad thing is Buckner was a good player and will always be remembered for that 1 f-up, but it was a big one, lol. 400 batting ave. will happen in my life time i think, but it might take all of it,lol.

I have to talk about Stockton... He might be the most talented player that I never liked. He was the dirties, floppiest NBA star in history. He put up great numbers, and the talent was undeniable, but he wasn't very likable.

October 14, 2010 1:19:43 AM

My shortstop in high school. I was 10 times the player John was. Spoke to him recently. He was a major league scout for many, many years and probably still is.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/John_Kazanas

Third from the botom, George Meier, catcher selected by Cincinati Reds in the 9th round 1973 draft. George was my catcher in high school. He could never unseat Johnny bench and his Major league career never blossomed. I was a lot more talented player than George.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/index.cgi?year_...

I was in the top four coveted players in the state and the most coveted pitcher. A back injury ended my chances of having a career.
October 14, 2010 1:33:15 AM

Good stuff. The only pro player I knew was Marcus Camby from UMass Amherst. He was at a few parties that I happened to be at. Kind of a meat head, but not a bad guy.

My buddy's son is 15 and he can throw 90 miles an hour already. The messed up thing is the kid doesn't like baseball that much, but the father is pushing him because of his arm strength.
October 14, 2010 1:56:14 AM

I was 6'3 219 lbs at 16. My coach pitched AAA for Minnesota. Funny, the shortstop's cousin was the St. Louis Cardinals batboy. Got us Joe Torre's seats one day. Johnny Bench and Bob Gibson stopped by and said hello boys. I think that's the year Joe won the batting title.

Then there was the second baseman in high school. He was a state champ wrestler. I ran five miles every night with him. Then 20 one hundred yard wind sprints after. I outweighed him by a good 50 lbs. and He could outrun me at 100 yards by a half step every time. He was the football team's quarterback. It's funny I think back to those times a lot recently. My 40th reunion is around the corner. I see all these guys at the reunions. The last 25 years of my life have been in business in one way or another. Stockton and Malone used to attend some of the conventions one of the businesses I owned was associated with. Never met them, but they were big spenders I heard.

Camby is with Portland this year. He has always been an incredible rebounder/block shots guy. One of the best 'eva to play the game.
October 14, 2010 2:09:04 AM

That's a big 16 year old, played football? That's a good high school tight end, or db even.

Yep, speed and strength is one of the defining traits of a pro athlete. Usually one is at the sacrifice of the other. I was heavy into strength training but couldn't run well so that's that I guess.
October 15, 2010 1:20:58 PM

badge said:
@buwish are you familiar with the NBA 'review' rule? I'm a big NBA fan. Basically in the last two minutes of the game, the refs can review any play and change the call accodingly. Any 'buzzer beater' game endng score is subject to auto review. I think this review policy works very well. Get it right for gosh sakes. Which is what the policy accompolishes.


Indeed, I am familiar with the NBA's replay policy and I agree that it works great. It would be nice to see something like that instituted in MLB, but I suspect that it would slow the game down way too much, even if managers were not given the ability to "challenge" a call. It works in the NBA because it is a fast paced game that in theory, doesn't take too long. Baseball is a different story. But yes, something similar with expanded use would be great for the game as a whole.

In regard to records not lasting forever, there are a few in baseball that I believe will stand the test of time. Cy Young's 511 wins, for example will never be eclipsed, at least until medicine can figure out a way for the human arm not to fall apart with that kind of use.
October 15, 2010 5:10:02 PM

Buwish is a Cubs fan? I grew up in St. Louis. Lived baseball as kid. So, the playoffs continue today. I must admit I hardly watched a game all season. But I did catch some of the Giants/Braves and enjoyed it. So, who is the top dog this year. Who wins the championship? I have a hard time putting aside 3 hours or so to watch a baseball/basketball game. Same with a movie. I have not watched an NFL game in many years. Since the RAMS went from here to St. Louis really. Southern CA doesn't have a Pro football team for years now. I can see the "A" at Angels stadium from the top of the ridge near my house. See Dizzyland too. It's about 4 miles or so. My friend can see it clearly from his front pourch, 3-4 miles away.

511 victorys is unsurpassable. Unless the game is shortened to 7 innings or some other rule change to induce ways to qualify for a win. Interesting the NBA (the league) has instituted a new 'technical foul' rule this season. Should a player even question a ref's call or throw his arms in disgust or make any gesture what so ever in disagreement, a technical foul is called. The fine has been raised to $1000 per too. I don't like the rule. It slows the game considerablly as well as puts the game (scoring points) in the ref's hands. The NBA players association is taking the league to court to abolish the rule before it starts.

http://www.nba.com/2010/news/10/14/union-technicals.ap/...

BTW I love fantasy basketball. I play every year for quite some time now. It's all for fun. I have eight NBA teams so far this season. 8) Some of the best Fantasy players are D. Wade, Chris Paul, Lebron James. I also like Steve Nash, Nowiski and when He's healthy Marcus Camby is a top fantasy player with his rebounding and Blocked shots. I have managed to get John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins as well as Evan Turner and Gordon Hayward and other rookies. Stole them! LOL. I likes my fantasy basketball. I'm a big fan!
October 15, 2010 6:19:09 PM

Yes, I am a Cubs fan- life long at that. Pretty depressing, eh? :lol:  At this rate they may never win a World Series in my life time. I don't watch basketball like I use to when Jordan was with the Bulls, but catch the occasional game every now and then.

I heard about that new rule in the NBA, which is major BS. Taking your points into account as well, the rule also takes away the age old tradition of arguing with officials. The same thing happens in baseball, where managers get run for arguing balls and strikes. Based upon what technology has shown us, most umpire's strike zones are complete crap. If they are complete crap, managers should be able to argue it.



October 15, 2010 6:38:48 PM

Thanks for Lou Brock. The Cards beat the Yanks in '64 Boston in '67 then lost to Detroit in '68. Gibson, Carlton, McCarver, White, Javiar, Maxvill, Boyer, Brock, Flood and Shannon. The Cubs had Banks and Santo. Cub fans were annoying at Busch stadium. I went to the very last game ever payed at old Sportsman's park. People ripped apart the wooden seats and took them home. A helicopter landed and dug up home plate and flew it to the then new Busch Stadium downtown. I worked near Busch stadium downtown for a number of years. I was in 5th grade when the Arch was completed. The cards and lakers are the class of their leagues IMO. I left St. Louis in '86. The Dodgers won that year. Herhiser and Kirk Gibson's famous HR. Never took to the Dodgers to this day. I have followed the Angels at time. gave up on them and the nect year they won it all.

Kobe vs. Jordan. I'll just say that I have watched Kobe's entire career to this point. He is 32 I believe and this wil be his 15th season. I saw him play in person once at Staples. He scored 40 for the 5th consecutive game that night. His quickness and warrior like attitude are undeniable. Of course I saw Jordan too and there is no denying his greatness and his ability to will his team to win. Anyway, I think Kobe is better. Most will say Jordan. Imagine scoring 81 points in a game! I believe by the time Bryant is done, most of Jordans' statistics will be beneath his. The really talented new player in the NBA is Kevin Durant of Oklahoma. he is an awesome player. John Wall will be sensational as the top draft pick. My picks look like this.

In the West. Lakers, Dallas, Phoenix, Spurs and Oklahoma.

In the East. Boston, Miami, Chicago, Orlando, and Milwaukee.

The Bulls are going to be very good this year. But Boston and Miami look better right now.

October 16, 2010 3:33:25 AM

Kobe is a good scorer in the sense that he is a ball hog. Jordan was a good scorer obviously, but he had more charisma and raw talent. I used to go to Bulls games when I was younger when he was playing. The old Chicago Stadium is the loudest place I've ever been in! Save for perhaps when Jordan came back after his 1st retirement- now that was loud. I've never viewed Kobe in the same class as Jordan, Bird, Johnson, Kareem, etc... That's me. I'm not doubting he is darn good though, as you do not win 5 rings for nothing.

I don't think the Bulls will have much of a season to be honest. They didn't do as much as they should've during the off season when all of the good free agents were out there. I know they tried, but just getting Carlos Boozer, who is now hurt because he "fell" or punched a wall (broken hand) is pretty pathetic. I wouldn't be shocked if they didn't even make the playoffs. Thank god for the Blackhawks last season! I know they won't repeat....

I agree with your predictions for the season, save for the Bulls. I'm thinking they'll finish 9th or 10th in the east. I'm hoping that the Heat somehow have a crap season, but it won't happen. They are now the Yankees of the NBA. ;) 

October 16, 2010 4:58:59 AM

Don't kid yourself, Kobe is better than Bird, Johnson and Kareem and every bit as good as Jordan. Kobe is a much more skilled shooter than Jordan ever was. Jordan was a great one on one beat anyone type. He would flat beat you finding a way to break you down and score the ball. Jordan willed his team and was an amazing athlete. No one was ever more competitive and confident as MJ was on the court. He was a mountain. Kobe is an attack player and one the greatest closers ever. Kobe is called 'mamba' amongst his teammates. The mamba WILL beat you there is no stopping the mamba. No contest Kobe is a better shooter than Jordan. Bryant is every bit as competitive and compotent and both offensively AND defensively and there is no question of this among experts. Kobe is the more skilled player and Jordan was the more one on one 'move' to the basket and score the ball player. Jordan would give that step fake and power by and score. Kobe scores when He wants to. Ball hog? You are several years behind the times. The Lakers have been to the finals the last three years and it's not a result of Bryant hogging the ball. I will just say wait till Bryant's career is over and see who is the better player then.

Are you kidding, the Bulls are shaping up very nice. Derrick Rose is a superstar. Give a bit of time to hone his shooting skills and gain confidence and show patience and He is a sure hall of famer. I follow this guy statistically in fantasy league. Rose is absolutely great. There is your next Michael Jordan in Chicago. Did you see the game with Dallas tonight? Rose hit a three with like 5 secnds remaining to tie it. Dallas is a serious contender for it all this year. Carlos Boozer is an awesome player. I can tell you He will win a lot of games for th Bulls this year. Boozer scores 25 with 15 rebounds regularily. Ha, you wait and see the Bulls do a high flying act this year. They are serious.

Jordan career stats. 6 championships with Phil Jackson

Minutes played: 41,010
Points: 32,292
REB: 6,672
Assists: 5633
FG%: .497
3 ptr's made: 581


Kobe Bryant at 32 years of age. 5 championships with Phil Jackson

Minutes played: 37,366
Points: 25,790
REB: 5,410
Assists: 4766
FG%: .455
3 ptr's made: 1,303


Larry Bird career stats

Minutes played: 34,443
Points: 21,791
REB: 8,974
Assists: 5,695
FG%: .496
3 ptr's made: 649

Kareem all time NBA scoring leader, points scored.

Minutes played: 57,446
points: 38,387
REB: 17,440
Assists: 5660
FG%: .559
3 ptr's made: 1 (LOL) one.

There may always be the argument, who is better Jordan or Bryant? Jordan gave Bryant something to shoot for. It's Jordan right now by the slimmest of margins. If I know Kobe, He will put all doubters to rest before He is done.

The Bulls will do very well this year. Ninth or tenth! LOL! It's more can the Bulls beat Boston, Miami and Orlando in the playoffs. Then LA, Dallas, Phoenix or San Antonio for the title. Rose is going to be a monster this year and all time.
October 17, 2010 5:48:59 PM

Eh, Rose hasn't proved himself yet. To me it doesn't seem like he can do it on his own, i.e. he needs another decent player on the team to thrive. I'm pretty sure that Boozer isn't the guy at this point, but I guess I'll have to see them actually play together first before officially deciding.
October 17, 2010 8:55:46 PM

I don't think you can compare bird to Kobe. That would like comparing Stockton to Shaq
October 17, 2010 10:17:40 PM

Wow Buwish. Rose and Boozer will work great together. You don't realize how good Boozer is. He's a 25 and 15 guy Buwish? Chicago has not had an inside presence like that since Michael Jordan. God gosh sakes a post up 25/15 player for Rose to play off of. Then Boozer will take the pressure off Rose and free him up to make easy shots and passes. I can tell you I have Rose on my fantasy teams and he is very productive. I agree though that he He needs to polish his shooting and gain valuable experience. Buwish, Rose is a really good player.

Boozer kicksbut! Buwish. 25/15. Last year only two players did better. Dwight Howard and one other who's name evades me at 25/15 level. Boozer scored at least 20/15 in like 65 games last year! He is one of the few 5 year 100 million dollar players out there. Note: I don't like paying for these extravagant salaries as a fan, but this is ther facts. You have like a Dwight Howard clone now! LOL!

EDIt I think Boozer is a 4 year 80 mil or possibly a three year 60 mil player. Not at the top which is 5 year 100 mil or a little more if that has any meaning.
October 17, 2010 10:25:49 PM

Bird to Kobe? Are you kidding! Folks, when it's all said and done Bryant will have the statistics to claim best ever. How much basketball do you watch? For gosh sakes, it is common knowlege among the experts that Bryant is THE best player on the planet. Sure Bird was a fabulous playerand won what 4 championships I think. magic won five. Jordan six. Bird is one of myall time favs. Bryant is the best player on the planet. Not by my account, but by the experts. How can you deny Bryant anything he has already accompolished? I don't understand. If you don't like him personally I guess I understand. But, the facts don't lie in Bryant's case. I agree a few years ago Bryant was known as a ball hog. That's past history. Kobe is the leader of a team trying for their third title in as many years and their fourth consecutive trip to the championship. He has beaten the teams of Garnett, Howard, Wade, Duncan, Nash, James and on and on. I don't know. Bryant is a great player. When it's all over, He will be at the top of the heap.
October 17, 2010 10:40:12 PM

Important note: Bryant had four, count 'em 4, buzzer beaters walk off games last year. That is clutch. Those four shots account for 7% of the Lakers wins last year.

There has never been a better player in NBA history than Bryant. Well, Chamberlain did better once.

October 17, 2010 11:07:23 PM

Larry Bird has not been very sucessful as a coach an executive in charge of ptting a team together. Indiana is terrible and talks of the city losing the franchise.
October 17, 2010 11:19:19 PM

I have DISH and FOX sports west has dropped DISH broadcasting. I can not watch Laker or Clipper c games! I have fired off angry emails to Dish ceo. Their office responded back with this. I.m a Clipper fan too. So I know how buwish feels as a Cub fan. :lol: 

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October 18, 2010 1:19:13 AM

I know what your saying Badge, however comparing players from different positions is difficult. If Bird was a shooting guard, and the last five years of his shortened career, wasn't filled with back problems and injury, I would agree. Sure Kobe is great, there's no disputing that, but the smaller more nimble players always steal the glory. Of course Bird would have scored more if he was a shooting guard. I think Russel, (and many will agree) was better than Wilt. He didn't score as much, but he is still regarded as one of the best , if not the best center of all time.

Answer this... Who was better Kareem or Kobe? I believe only players at the same position can can compared fairly. Even if Kobe ends up scoring more than kareem, it doesn't mean he was a better over all player. Jordan to Kobe is fair, and at the end of his career, Kobe might or probably will prove he was better. But how can you say Kobe was better than a forward? Regardless of the numbers, the forwards job isn't to get open, drive to the net, and hang around for the ball and shoot.

I just think your comparing apples to oranges, that all.
October 18, 2010 1:27:10 AM

Carl Malone scored more than Wilt and Jordan, does that mean Carl Malone was a better player than both of them? Cmon Badge

October 18, 2010 2:18:19 AM

Other than Kareem's point record, Bryant is better than every player you mentioned. What makes Bryant much better is the fact he has no weakness. No player in the history of the NBA has been the superior all around player Bryan is. Bryant gets an A++ at every aspect of the game at both ends of the floor. Puts him over the top when matching up against Jordan too.

Malone. When he came into the league He couldn't shoot a free throw. When he left, He was one of the better free throw shooters. Malone never won a championship. That's the knock. Had he won three or four He would be on taht all time greatest pedestal. Same with LeBron James. LaBron James would have been five times the hero had he stayed in Clevland and won a single championship than if He wins two at Miami. Bryant plays circles around James.
October 18, 2010 3:08:31 AM

No. Umpires make 10+ wrong calls each game. The only hope is that they even out over a 1.62 million game season.

Playoffs, WS . . . no. Like politics, people get more passionate about baseball in the relatively rare cases where a bad call seems to decide the winner. Keeping some bad calls in the game is good for baseball :) 
October 18, 2010 6:32:18 AM

Or decides a rare even like a perfect game, i.e. where Jim Joyce blew the call earlier in the year to take away a perfect game.
October 18, 2010 6:41:28 AM

I pitched a no hitter in the all star game one year. :) 
October 18, 2010 7:40:05 AM

buwish said:
Or decides a rare even like a perfect game, i.e. where Jim Joyce blew the call earlier in the year to take away a perfect game.
Best moment in baseball this year.

October 18, 2010 10:40:52 PM

More like the worst. If there was replay, it would have never been a problem.
October 19, 2010 6:06:10 AM

More like the best. Perfect games have been given due to umpire error, so this one's no great loss.

But the moment between Gallaraga and Joyce was priceless, one for sports for the ages. More benefit for more people, and for baseball, than yet another perfect game.
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