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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Why Baseball Needs Instant Replay

Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move, gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove.
Oh, oh, child, way you shake that thing, gonna make you burn, gonna make you sting.
Hey, hey, baby, when you walk that way, watch your honey drip, can't keep away.

Apparently this is still an issue with baseball that comes up every stinkin year.

You see the game of baseball is so fast-paced with non-stop action that four umpires can’t even compete with today’s athletes. Take into account the MLB playoffs where they bring in ANOTHER 2 umpires to watch the lines and it’s still apparently not enough.

It’s the rules, they’re so complicated. Did the white ball go in front of or behind the yellow foul (fair) pole? It’s just too hard for 4 (sometimes 6) umpires to pay attention to where a ball lands that they need instant replay. There’ s just too much pressure to pay attention.

But that’s only one of the issues. The other is where the ball hit’s the fence because some umpires like to call balls that hit the yellow trim on the fence a homerun. Of course you may have thought that umpires wouldn’t make it that complicated because a ball can’t simply go OVER the fence without any sort of umpires conference. I (like like many others) have always thought that if a ball goes over the outfield fence, it’s a homerun. None of this ‘it hit the yellow’ bullshit nonsense… but I digress.

Also take into account when a ball is scorched down the line and none of the umpires see where the ball lands. It’s an honest mistake because it’s not like these ump's per diem is over $90 a day. It’s just so hard to pay attention with all the running and lights and chaos all around that how can we expect paid umpires to make such ‘judgment’ calls?

After all we have to give these umpires a break because no one ever likes them, they get yelled at on a daily basis by crybaby millionaire ball players, and the fans constantly boo them for being objective. It's not like they knew this was part of the job when they went through umpire school. And how can anyone blame them for missing obvious calls like if a ball went inside or outside a pole or if a ball is inside the line or outside because even though they're getting paid tons of money, they can't always pay that much attention.

You can’t expect four pairs of eyes to catch one little ball can you? I wouldn’t because everyone makes mistakes especially well trained umpires who were hand picked because they were the best of the best.

I’m sorry but the game is a little more than hit the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball. I mean pfff shaw!!!

The game of baseball is just way too complex for human judgment that we need instant replay.

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I will offer one suggestion that I can’t believe hasn’t been offered before.
I’ll be careful with this…

So we know that the baseball that tends to be used is white, correct?
And the foul (fair) pole is yellow, you follow me?

Sooooooooooo wouldn’t a foul pole painted BLACK *be a sensible option to include? I know the tradition with baseball is rich (and rightfully so), but I don’t think the purists (like myself) would care about black foul poles if they allow us to forget instant replay.

Also, put fences in the outfield, don’t draw a line on the wall and say ‘over the line=homerun, under the line=in play’ (like in Enron or ‘whatever it’s called’ field) because that is SO GODDAMN STUPID!!!!!

Put an upside down awning up or a row of cardboard, ANYTHING resembling a fence for the love of god,

So yeah… have a good one.

*boom ba boom ba boom ba….. I see a rid-dle and I want it pain-ted bla-ack….

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