Johan Santana would not have thrown the first no-hitter in Mets history if baseball had been resolving fair/foul calls with the latest ball-tracking technology.
Instead, cameras and computers from a British firm, Hawk-Eye Innovations, would have determined the exact position of Carlos Beltran's drive down the left-field line in the sixth inning of Friday night's game between the Mets and Cardinals.
An electronic signal would have been sent to an umpire's earpiece or watch instantaneously, and Beltran's ball would have been called fair with virtually no delay.
Sounds great, no?
Alas, when it comes to additional instant replay in Major League Baseball, nothing is as simple as it seems.
Baseball officials are engaged in serious discussions about how far to expand replay and the technology that would best serve the sport, sources say.
Yet, commissioner Bud Selig remains wary of slowing down games, and opponents of replay fear a "robotization" of the sport that eventually would ext...