MLB to Reportedly Expand Instant Replay in 2013

Huzzah! The lords of the sport have momentarily stopped filling themselves on mutton and berrywine and have deemed that the state of umpiring could be vastly improved with additional replay. But rather than slow down the game by forcing the on-field crew to confer, or forcing managers to cautiously decide whether a play is important enough to make a challenge, the sport will have a “centralized” bunker from which a team of umpires will be making the call. 

From Business Insider by way of Jayson Stark on ESPN Radio

  • A group of umpires will watch games from a central location
  • On plays that are “clearly wrong” the group would then signal the umpires at the game and let them know there is an obvious call that needs to be changed
  • MLB hopes to implement an introductory version of the system in 2013
  • The initial system would only review home runs, whether a ball is fair or foul, and whether or not a player caught a ball
  • The system would then be expanded “after a year or so” once the system is optimized
  • At that point, the system would be expanded “to all sorts of calls.” However, Stark says exactly what would be included would have to be negotiated

I’m guessing that the umpires will either be placed in a secret, underground War Room a la Doctor Strangelove…

…or a one of those Buffalo Wild Wings where they can influence the outcome of the game based on how many more Bud Lights people want to drink. 

  1. italkaboutbaseball reblogged this from oldtimefamilybaseball and added:
    It’s about time.
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    I know this isn’t actually how they’re going to signal the umps in their UmpCave, but I’m just gonna go ahead and...
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    Expanding instant replay would be a good thing. And I think most opponents who think it will make the game longer will...
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    Love the references haha. Such has been a long time coming. I am all for keeping the game at its purest form, but umpire...
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