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Rarebear's avatar

If baseball starts a video review, how could it be done without interrupting the flow of the game too much?

Asked by Rarebear (25144points) June 3rd, 2010

Jim Joyce, veteran umpire, botched a call yesterday that cost Armando Galaraga a perfect game. The was running quickly and was called safe, but on replay was clearly out by a step. Joyce admitted his mistake and apologized to Galaraga but the damage is done—he won’t have the 21st perfect game on record. This has renewed interest in an expanded replay rule, but there are fears that it will interrupt and damage the integrity of the game. What do you fellow baseball fans think?

Personally, I’m opposed to an expanded video replay rule, but I’m a purist.

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Ivan's avatar

They should implement a system similar to the one the NFL uses. Managers would be given a limited number of challenges, and whenever they dispute a call, the umpires would conduct a video review. If there is sufficient evidence to overturn the call, they will.

This really wouldn’t lengthen the game that much. Now, instead of having the manager and umpire argue for 10 minutes, they’ll just conduct a video review. Plus, Major League Baseball is trying to cut down on the length of games in other areas.

BoBo1946's avatar

Could be done like football. You can throw the flag only a certain number of times.

I’m against also….part of the game!

Rarebear's avatar

@Ivan That’s the only way I think it could work.

Val123's avatar

That’s a sad story. However, I think the politicians should make a law against baseball. It’s so BORING!

BoBo1946's avatar

@Val123 really don’t like to watch it on TV, but love the real thing! Get me a big bag of peanuts and a cold beer…ummmm…and enjoy!

Rarebear's avatar

@Val123 I oughta flag your answer…

Val123's avatar

@Rarebear but you won’t ‘cause you wuv me!
Actually, I don’t quite understand the question. Hasn’t baseball always had video review, like football?

Ivan's avatar

@Val123

Nope, baseball only recently started using a replay system for controversial home run calls. There’s still no system for controversial outs.

MrItty's avatar

Forget video review. Implement game-wide automated officiating. Balls/Strikes, Fair/Foul, Out/Safe, everything. Screw the “Human element” nonsense. The human element is the players and the coaches. You go to the game to watch Joe Smith get a single. You don’t go to the game to watch Joe Smith get called safe at first by an umpire.

Rarebear's avatar

@MrItty Interesting idea, but it’ll never happen.

MrItty's avatar

@Rarebear I completely agree. But thank you for providing me a forum to vent. :-)

filmfann's avatar

In this case, the perfect game should be awarded.
My criteria:
The Umpire admits he blew the call.
Both teams agree to the blown call.
The outcome of the game isn’t changed.
A video review verifies the correct call.

It’s hard to believe this will ever happen again. Reverse the call.
Otherwise, it’s a perfect shame.

Val123's avatar

I’ve been hearing about this all weekend…..the umpire made a mistake, and he seems to be being blamed for blowing the guys perfect game. I don’t understand that.

MrItty's avatar

@Val123 What’s not to understand? If he hadn’t made the mistake, the kid would have a perfect game. No one’s saying he blew the call intentionally. Everyone knows it was a mistake. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s responsible for the wrong call, and the perfect game not going into the record books.

Val123's avatar

OK, the kid was out, no matter what the ref said. Doesn’t that, by itself, ruin his perfect game? I don’t see how the ref saying he was safe but being wrong, makes the ref responsible for blowing the game…..

Ivan's avatar

@Val123

It’s the pitcher’s perfect game. His opponent was out, and therefore he threw a perfect game. Because the ump mistakenly called his opponent safe, the pitcher’s perfect game was nullified.

Val123's avatar

@Ivan I see. Thanks….but, still, if they don’t change the call after the video review, what’s the point of reviewing it??

MrItty's avatar

@Val123 that’s what we’re suggesting – as it stands now, there is no capacity for umpires to change a call after looking at a video review. Hell anyone with a pair of eyes can just look at the big board in center field and see the call was wrong. What people are suggesting is a rule change so that umpires, after looking at a video review, can change their call.

Ivan's avatar

@Val123

There was no official video review. Currently, there is no rule in which an umpire can review a call and change it when necessary. But everyone saw the replays afterwards, and it was clearly a blown call.

Val123's avatar

That’s really too bad…..

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