By 2030, Major League Baseball will be played, managed and umpired by robots. Until then, we still have to make due with human error in a game that was created by humans and has been played, managed and umpired by humans for something like 130 years.
Instant replay is creeping in whether we like it or not. Currently, it can be used to determine whether a batted ball is a home run or not. Next season, it’s possible that it will be used to determine whether a batter is safe or out at first base. In other words, it’s possible that it will be used WAY TOO MUCH.
The clip below is from the Arizona Fall League during a game Tuesday. It shows a play at first base, a manager challenging the call and the home plate umpire putting on a headset to communicate with two umpires watching “in the truck.”
They’re saying that the maximum allotted for these shananigans is three minutes. For my money, that is three minutes too long.
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