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Should Major League Baseball have instant replay?

Baseball is considering the use of instant replay in the future and the world waits on the edge of its seat for the decision.

Well, maybe the debate isn’t quite at a fever pitch, but anything that will make baseball games longer would put the game slightly ahead of the NHL, which airs on a network that is still best known for its hunting shows.

MLB recently announced its time-saving measures had reduced the average game by a whole two minutes. Wow, fire up the microwave and pop in a burrito because we’ve got time, now. What were these time-saving measures, limiting the number of times a batter may adjust his batting gloves?



Instant replay will surely take away those precious minutes and lengthen the game. It may snowball to where every controversial call is reviewed, thus making a baseball game last as long as the “Sex in the City” movie for a man sitting through a first date. It could be excruciating.

Limit it to reviews for home runs only or big problems will evolve.



Yes, MLB should adopt instant replay for several reasons, but only on decisions other than called balls and strikes. In the true tradition of the game, umpires must continue to remain beyond reproach on these calls, so that fans can continue to second guess. Let’s not make games that are already too long, longer!

In the case of baseball, instant replay could really speed up a sport that has become tediously boring. Instant replay would actually shorten the extensive duration of games by eliminating the long, drawn out, dirt kicking, screaming arguments imposed against umpires by baseball’s overly ambitious, theatrical managers.

High-tech is here to stay as a permanent and pertinent part of our culture, so all sports should take advantage of its accuracy and conclusiveness.

Two more appropriate rule changes would also speed the game up. Why not absolutely prohibit disputes on balls and strikes, since arguments never result in changing the calls? Also, require batters to remain in the batters box between pitches. The 12-second rule has kept pitchers from stalling, but there is no entertainment value in watching batters stepping out between every pitch to tighten up batting gloves, practice swing, check signs, stretch, scratch and spit.

Yes, Major League Baseball should have instant replay. Umpires always say that what matters is getting the call right. Most of them have no problem with being overruled when it means getting the call right. With the technology nowadays, it would take only a minute or two to check a call.

I believe it is worth a minute or two to use instant replay to get a disputed call right. The recent barrage of disputed home run calls is a perfect example of where instant replay can be used. To limit too many instant replay checks, the major leagues should use a similar method as that used in college football where someone in the booth can call for the replay or a coach has the opportunity once a game to challenge a call.

In today’s way of watching sports instant replay almost seems like a must. But we forget that not all the sports has instant replay. Baseball is one of those sports still considering an instant replay system. But is it needed? It’s a great and simple yes. The calls on home runs, outs, and outs at home plate have always been questionable. This year alone has been filled with wrong calls on multiple home runs, and we’re not even half way through the season. I believe America’s Past Time needs to get a shoved into the present and use replay when necessary.

The pitcher looks in for a sign …

… shakes off one, then another …

… nods …

… the batter steps out …

… the third base coach touches his cap …

… then his chin …

… the batter scratches …

… then spits …

… the pitcher looks at the runner …

… steps off the rubber …

… then back on …

… looks in for the sign …

… throws to first …

… back on the rubber …

… looks in for the sign …

… the batter asks for time …

… spits, scratches …

… adjusts his batting gloves …

… and his helmet …

… the pitcher looks in for a sign …

There … is … NOTHING … INSTANT … about … baseball …

Lots of replays, however …

The pitcher looks in …

The batter steps out …

… scratches, spits …

When you’ve got umpires all over the baseball diamond, it’s hard to imagine needing instant replay. Sure they call some homers ground-rule doubles and vice-versa, but it’s part of the game.

Outside of making games longer, the major reason I oppose instant replay in baseball is because that magical run the Rockies went on last year might have ended a whole lot sooner if there was instant replay. I am not saying Matt Holliday wasn’t safe, I’m just saying some might say it was questionable. As a Rockies fan I can’t be in favor of instant replay. Now I am sure Padres fans feel differently.


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