Re: Expanded replay in 2013
posted at 2/18/2013 7:40 PM EST
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to mef429's comment:
Torre said that MLB will not instate expanded replay for the 2013 season BUT in 2014 replay will be expanded to include fair/foul and trapped catches. Plays at the plate may also be included (they should be anyway) as mentioned in the article:
"Torre, who is Selig's point man on the issue, said he understood the commissioner's oft-stated intention to broaden the replay system to include calls of fair balls, foul balls and trapped balls.
However, in the wake of last fall's playoffs, Torre said it became evident that expanded replay should be all-encompassing rather than incremental. He cited one play in particular -- a blown call in the American League championship series, in which Omar Infante of the Detroit Tigers was called safe at second base when replays clearly indicated he had been tagged out.
"We're not going to get caught in the trap of doing something if we donâÂÂt feel what we're doing is enough," Torre said."
I think this can be effectively implemented without being time consuming. Only good things can come from this, getting the call right should trump anything else. I am excited to see this take place starting in 2014.
I really see no need for every umpire to go into a video room to go over a call. It takes way too long IMO. There should be a replay umpire upstairs with every possible view at his disposal right in front of him.
i would imagine the system will be like this. Or at least it will end up like that. Add another umpire in a booth who has access to the video feeds. Then he simply reviews the play and relays his findings to the crew chief.
@ice: how much time is wasted when managers come out and argue with an ump? especially if they throw a tantrum and get ejected. While a manager is pleading his case, the Ump in charge of the video can be reviewing the footage and if the crew chief grants the manager a replay then the answer will be almost immediate.
It can be implemented in a way that is not time consuming at all. Right now, when the umps go downstairs and gather to review a homerun is quite time consuming. All that isn't necessary if another ump is added who already is watching with a plethora of angles and can quickly relay the decision.