By Nick Nunn, Columnist
The realm of instant replay is expanding farther into the national pastime. According to an article by the Associated Press (AP), Major League Baseball announced last Thursday that club owners voted unanimously to approve a new system for instant replays, which will allow each manager to challenge at least one call per game.
At least one? Yes, if they happen to be correct on the first one, they get another one. “I tell you the fans will love it,” said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to the AP. “It’s another in a long list of changes that will make this sport better than it already is.”
Uh huh. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he thinks the change is great.
“I don’t think we will interrupt the flow of the game,” stated Bochy. Reviews – get this – will be done by MLB umpires, who will be in a replay center of the MLB’s New York office.
They will be able to assess any challenged call by using cameras, which will be situated in order to cover the field from 12 distinct angles in each ballpark. OK. Here’s where I break. Everything I’m about to say comes from my own personal, probably flawed, views of baseball and how it should be controlled from play to play.
First of all, I’m glad that all ticket-buyers are now going to have to pay for the salaries of a bunch of umps, who won’t even be near the game, and the 12 ultra-prestigious channels that they’ll be charging each and every game.
Because I like paying more than a Jackson per ticket just to keep my nose from bleeding all over Turner Field. Additionally – and this might be because I’m a weirdo – I like being able to whine about missed calls.
Who among us doesn’t like to complain when things don’t go our way? And when it’s a close call that went the other way, we don’t have to bear the burden of knowing that we might have honestly been beaten as long as there isn’t an instant replay screen pushing our nose into it.
And what will happen to the great manager versus umpire fights that we Atlanta fans became so used to under Cox’ regime? Instead of watching a passionate manager nearly dehydrate himself by screaming spittle into an umpire’s face, the manager will be reduced to a pleasant bureaucrat, who will politely step onto the field and only dare to bother the officials for a moment’s respite to check the film.
I guess, when it comes down to it, I don’t want to watch a precise form of baseball because I feel that it will water the sport down to some extent. And I may be wrong, but I don’t like instant replay in the other sports that I watch either.
It appears, however, that there isn’t anything I can do about it. That’s what I get for being a lowly journalist.
Oh, and other thing: I doubt that this change will win baseball any converts from the many, who believe that games already last too long. I’m just saying.The