How many times have you watched a baseball game, seen a close call, watched the replay on TV and realize that the ump completely blew the call? It happens all too often, and Instant Replay has been a hot topic in the MLB for years now.
Last season, the first Instant Replay rule was instated, allowing umps to check video on close home runs only. Umpires used this rule in the postseason for the first time when Yankee Alex Rodriguez smacked a questionable 4th inning homer on Halloween in Game 3 of the World Series against the Phillies. The ball bounced off a camera lens in right field and back onto the field. First called a ground-rule double, A-Rod was eventually awarded a two-run homer.
The Yankees also lucked out in their first postseason match-up against the Twins. In Game 2 of the ALDS, Joe Mauer cracked a a hit down the left field line in the top of the 11th inning…it was called foul. When everyone at home saw the replay, the ball was clearly a foot inside the foul line and could have potentially secured a run for the Twins with the following singles by Kubel and Cuddyer. Although most people believe the Twins had no chance, this terrible call changed the pace of the game, which was already in extra innings, amping the Yankees up for Teixeira’s walk-off winner.
Cubs Manager Lou Piniella has never liked the whole Instant Replay bit. “I hate watching it on TV with football. It interrupts the game. I feel like I should have a refrigerator nearby or something.”
Do you think the MLB should use Instant Replay like the NFL? Or do you agree with Lou Piniella?