should they add replays to baseball

United States
June 16, 2008 9:08pm CST
what do you guys think add instant replay or not? give me your opinions and information to back it up
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• United States
17 Jun 08
I am in favor of very, very limited instant replay in baseball. I think homeruns should be reviewable if it involves leaving the field or not. I don't think fair/foul balls should be reviewable. Even with instant replay, those are hard to judge. I am definitly opposed to balls/strikes or plays in the field. I think that is just a part of the game. The umpires are so good its hard to say instant replay is needed. The umpire behind the plate is as much a part of each game as who is pitching. They bring a certain rhythm to the game. They all have a little different of a strike zone too. Figuring out that strike zone is a part of the game for both sides. I hate the idea of instant replay, but I think if they do it with homeruns in limited situations it could help the game out.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Valid points. It is already against the rules to argue balls and strikes, so I doubt that the powers that be would allow them to be reviewable under instant replay. Use of instant replay, if at all, should be very limited. I agree.
• United States
17 Jun 08
Completely agree. Homeruns should be one of the only times replay is allowed in baseball. How many times in recent games have we seen a bad homerun call made? Even if no real effect on the outcome was made, it still needs to be replayed to insure accuracy. I can see no pitching replays, thats would take entirely too long to review all the pitches that could go another way. Maybe areas like base running / tagging could be another place replay could be used, of course not every play though.
• United States
17 Jun 08
Even if no real impact is made on the game, I think homerun replays will actually speed up the game. Sometimes those umpires meetings take forever. It would be about impossible to make rules about which tags you could replay and which you couldnt. So basically you'd have to review them all. That would get really annoying. As for balls and strikes, I heard some announcers (I forget which ones) talking about eventually moving to the K zone as a strike/ball caller instead of a real umpire. I think this would be a LONG way away if they ever did it, but I would be very much against that. Very much.
@Essie119 (673)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
Whenever I watch baseball there seems to be tons of instant replays. Unless you mean using it to challenge the umpires calls. In that case, I think that there are plenty of reasons to add it to the game. There is so much money involved in the game now that it sucks for a game to be won or lost on a bad call. It also reflects badly on the players' stats. On the other hand, the history of the game depending on the eyes of a couple of sharp umpires is hard to ignore.
• United States
17 Jun 08
i agree but the only problem they have with it is the time and like that one play int he brewers game on saturday they could have won it with a walk off but the ump couldnt see it
@Essie119 (673)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
I like the idea of reviewing things like that, as long as they don't start looking at every pitch to see if it was a ball or a strike. Sure there are a lot of bad calls, but they get more right than they get wrong.
• United States
17 Jun 08
If they are only going to use it for homeruns, I think it will be a good idea.Not all ballparks are the same and even though the Umps try to get it right, sometimes the angle they see it makes them get it wrong. I like the idea of replay for those moments only.If they set it up like the NHL, replay shouldn't take too long. Hockey has a booth at the game and another in Toronto and the longest delay for a review I have seen was 4 minutes.
• United States
17 Jun 08
No, instant replay should not be a part of the game. For many of years baseball has been the greatest game on earth without it. MLB is always trying to speed up the game and just this year MLB has told the hitters they are taking to long in the box (game times this year are averaging over a minute longer than last season, big deal). If this is an issue to MLB, there is definitely no room for instant replay in the game. sorry if you got two similar responses. I forgot to log in the first time.
• Canada
17 Jun 08
I think it should be limited to things like homeruns. Most other debated calls should be resolved between the umps. This practice should be encouraged by the umpires and MLB. MOst times, if the umps get together and the one who made the call says he is not sure, then another ump had a better look and gets the call right.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
17 Jun 08
This is going to be as hotly debated as the designated hitter rule. I know that the outcome of many games would have been different if 'instant replay' had been utilized to verify, and possibly change, questionable calls. There is a right way and a wrong way to add this feature. The NFL allows the coach to challenge a call. The coach takes a risk of losing a timeout if the call stands. Baseball would have to institute a similar price for the use of instant replay - though I am not sure what that price should be.