|Replay needs to be used for plays at home plate.|
1. The games are long enough already and adding replay will make games go on forever.
The speed of games has been an issue in past years but there is very little that can be done to change this since baseball is an untimed game. The longest games tend to be the best games though because there are alot of pitching changes, pinch hitters, and other strategic managerial moves that extend the length of the game. Also, nationally televised games tend to take longer since there are a bunch more commercial breaks. That said, there is no reason why certain plays can't be reviewed during these tv timeouts. They were going to show the replay about 20 times anyway, might as well have an umpire take a look at it too to make sure the call was right.
|Coaches will still blow up on umps with replay. It's tradition.|
Really? Like the game hasn't changed enough already throughout the so-called "steroid era"? There are always different eras in baseball but that doesn't mean that the essence of the game itself has changed. Four balls is still a walk, three strikes and your out, nine innnings in a game . . . a few extra cameras are not gonna change this.
3. Replay will take away from the authority of the umpires. Besides, umps blow calls for every team; it's just part of the game.
It is often said that the best officials are the ones who you don't know their names. This is because the only time you really here about these other guys is when they screw up. I'm sure Jim Joyce would prefer to live in obscurity rather than infamy after blowing a call last year at first base that would've given then-Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga the first perfect game in Tigers history. Joyce saw the replay after the game and admitted he got the call wrong. As a result, he received numerous death threats upon himself and his family and it became uncertain if it would be safe for him to ever umpire again. But that's just "part of the game" right? I know it's only one circumstance, but if it is possible that a person could lose his life for making a bad call than can't we atleast help individuals that are in that position by implementing this new technology? Look, we will still get to see managers stomp out of the dugout and argue balls and strikes so that won't be missed. Baseball umps won't have any less authority than football referees have. They will just be a little less noticeable. Which I don't think any ump, given the Joyce situation, would mind very much at all.
|There are no famous umps; only infamous ones.|
If human error should be "celebrated" then they should throw a party for me every night. Kidding aside, really? Most human errors are unavoidable, i agree with that, but most human errors are also correctable. THAT'S THE WHOLE REASON THEY USE INSTANT REPLAY IN ALMOST EVERY SPORT. Why should we let a mistake just stand when it can be corrected? Besides, there are still gonna be calls that don't get reviewed by instant reply and probably should, so you guys out there that are such fans of "human error" will still have something to cheer/complain about.