Re: Baseball set to add video challenges ...
posted at 8/16/2013 10:32 AM EDT
In response to S5's comment:
I heard (but can't provide a link to) that managers aren't going to be allowed on the field when this happens. I hope that's not true. This is sterilizing the game a bit too much for my liking.
Baseball is a very emotional game and players and managers sometimes need an opportunity to vent their frustrations. Ok, not to the extent of beating the snot out of a telephone box, but at least SOME.
Having the right to do something doesn't make it the right thing to do.
I heard the same thing. Don't really know what to make of it though. It's kind of hard to rant and rave when you can just challenge the play. Once challenges are used up, what's to stop the manager from coming out and arguing? He might get thrown out, but that's often the plan anyway. Keep in mind there's also a rule against arguing balls and strikes, but that doesn't stop anyone. Actually it's already in the rulebook that a manager is not allowed to object to judgement calls(see below).
(a) Any umpires decision which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out, is final. No player, manager, coach or substitute shall object to any such judgment decisions.
Rule 9.02(a) Comment: Players leaving their position in the field or on base, or managers or coaches leaving the bench or coaches box, to argue on BALLS AND STRIKES will not be permitted. They should be warned if they start for the plate to protest the call. If they continue, they will be ejected from the game.