MLB gets replay all wrong

Friday, 16 August 2013 01:30 PM Written by 


Not to be harsh, but MLB’s plan to implement more instant replay for the 2014 season stinks.


The decision to rest the replays on coaching challenges is beyond stupid. The burden of getting calls right should not rest with managers, nor should it rest with coaches in the NFL. Limiting the number of challenges is equally stupid. Some games have no plays worthy of replay, some have 10.


With good to outstanding methods of handling replay in place in college football and the NHL, it is beyond understanding why MLB would copy the cumbersome NFL challenge system. Jay Jaffe has the full story below.

By Jay Jaffe,


After discussing the matter at this week’s quarterly owners meetings, Major League Baseball has announced its plan to expand instant replay. According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, starting in 2014,MLB will implement a challenge system via which managers will ask for replay reviews but be limited to three challenges per game, one in the first six innings and two for the later innings.


According to ESPN’s SportsCenter, the reviews will be done by a crew at MLB headquarters.


The need for expanded replay is long overdue, and it shouldn’t be overlooked that MLB is finally ready to move beyond the current system of boundary calls to cover fair/foul, trapped balls and outs on the basepaths, but not balls and strikes. Nonetheless, the creation of an NFL-style system with its artificial limits on the number of calls that can be reviewed in a game appears to be a less-than-ideal solution.


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