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Mike Maniscalco

MLB trying to get everything right

Posted August 1, 2013

— The notion that instant replay will ruin baseball is ridiculous.

I’m tired of hearing about how taking two minutes to make sure a call is correct takes away from the game. The argument is, ‘where does it stop? Are you going to review balls and strikes?’

“It will take too long and ruin the flow of the game,” scream the curmudgeons that hate change.

I love baseball - its history and nuances. But there is no distinct flow to a baseball game. Each half-inning is its own event, which is why it is a different game than ones measured by a clock. An inning can take seven minutes or 37. Those who are screaming that a replay would take too long and disrupt the game should think the same thing when a player and manager get ejected for arguing a missed call.

A few calls this season on the base paths have cost teams victories – or at the very least the chance to continue on and earn a win. Major League Baseball can get it right and do so in a hurry.

Safe or out is not an opinion, it is a black-and-white call and far more clear than what the NFL defines as a catch. As for reviewing balls and strikes, the NFL doesn’t review holding on every play - which is common sense.

There is now enough technology and camera angles to make replay easy to use for umpiring crews to get the calls right. Any resistance to making a change for the better is outdated thinking.

Baseball trying to make up for past sins
Baseball is looking to put a lifetime ban on Alex Rodriguez. The slugger, who just a decade ago was considered one of the best ever to play the game, has had his reputation ruined by being involved with Biogenesis, the company linked to giving PED’s to several high-profile athletes.

Baseball should suspend Rodriguez, but this seems like the MLB front office might be trying to hand out a punishment that it failed to assign to the group that really shamed the game. Baseball could not give Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire or other famous steroid users a ban like this because they were not looking hard enough for the abusers during their time of smashing records.

I should say accused so Roger Clemens does not get too upset.

Rodriguez should also do the game a favor and not fight a suspension that falls short of lifetime banishment. The evidence seems to be overwhelming that he had ties to this latest steroid outbreak in baseball and any contest to those facts would be an insult to the game he wants to stay in.

In case you wondered…
One of the biggest complaints I hear about baseball is that it is the same teams battling it out in the playoffs every year. Since 2008, baseball has had 21 different teams make the post season, the NFL has had 26. Before you think that disproves my point, remember baseball for the majority of that time only allowed eight teams in the post season while the NFL lets 12 teams enter the playoffs.

So maybe, just maybe, baseball has been doing something right.

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Aug 1, 3:46 p.m.

    I agree that baseball should use replay; when the wrong team wins, which has happened, it justifies and makes replay worthwhile.

    Also agree about A-Rod. Fool me once,..... A-Rod has already lied about using PED's, so I don't think it's a stretch to believe he hasn't come clean this time either. At 38, baseball doesn't even have to give him a lifetime ban, and he certainly shouldn't be able to collect the $100-mil the Yankees may owe him should he be able to play again.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Aug 2, 5:02 a.m.

    Agreed, Mike. It doesn't matter how long it takes as long as they get it right.

    Does anybody associated with MLB like A-Rod? That would be a very short list.

  • Hokies94 Aug 2, 2:11 p.m.

    It's long overdue for MLB to get everything right as the title suggests. Think in terms of decades.

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