Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's finally here...

And by "it" I don't mean the college football season, which coincidentally begins tonight as well.

I also don't mean hurricane season for the gulf coast - keep residents of the area in your thoughts as the first major storm of their season is fast approaching.

I'm talking about, of course, instant replay in baseball!

One more time: Instant replay in baseball!

Now scoot three feet left to read it again: Instant replay in baseball!

Find one more viewing angle, and read: Instant replay in baseball!

Took quite a while to get to this point in the entry, eh? I'm sure there are fewer of you reading at this point than originally started, which is why I'm still torn as to how I should feel about instant replay (in baseball!).

On one hand, I'm happy to see MLB taking steps to ensure correct calls, even if it's just going to be used for home runs. And it's only being installed - for now - in a handful of parks around the league, so there's a chance (though I'd imagine just a slight one) that instant replay never quite catches on.

On the other hand, I'm scared of long, and therefor unwatchable, this may make our national pastime. People already skip right through baseball when flipping channels because of the waiting between pitches (which does rival the time between plays in football, but I won't get in to that), pitching changes, and whatever else drags a game out, so why would anyone want to sit and watch three out of shape umpires debate whether a ball was fair or foul? Added time, even if it's only 10 extra minutes just a couple of times a week, could drive away the few casual fans baseball still has left.

Adding replay should also reduce the amount of manager tantrums... and nobody wins there.

We'll see how it goes for a while. If it can be implemented with little to no added time, great. If not, I hope the powers-that-be are smart enough to do away with replay.

In other Bad Baseball news from Wednesday night...
The Twins scored three runs in the 8th inning to rally against the Mariners. Seattle reliever Sean Green blew the game, allowing three runs on three hits in just a third of an inning . . . The Yankees relievers effectively slammed the door shut on their season against the Red Sox. Relievers Jose Veras and David Robertson combined to allow seven runs on six hits in the 8th inning . . . The Cardinals scored four runs in the 8th inning to beat the Brewers. Milwaukee reliever David Riske allowed three runs on three hits, recording just one out . . . Tough night for Angels starter Joe Saunders; he allowed six runs on eight hits, lasting just one and a third innings.

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