Friday, September 17, 2010

Replay in Baseball

Daryl sends me a link to an article by Jason Stark in ESPN.com about instituting replay in baseball. The article includes an argument against the "human element" anti-replay line of thinking. Since we have discussed it before, especially in connection to soccer, I wanted to post it here for your comments. If you have any...

P.S. I still think even balls and strikes should be called electronically...

2 comments:

dastew said...

Baseball is too slow as it is. Between batters constantly calling time and the ridiculous DH it's no wonder people are abandoning it in droves. In an ideal world do you want the calls to be correct. Of course. But then part of the experience would be lost.

I think one of the great pleasures in sports is abusing the refs for bad calls. Think how rare in life it is for you to call out your co-workers or boss for making an obvious blunder. You get to do it at ball games. If you demand accuracy in all calls, that joy of belittling someone with 60,000 of your fellow partisans is removed.

Granted it sucks when your goal is disallowed even though its obviously in, or when anything good happens to the Yankees, but the shoe usually comes around to the other foot to kick your opponent in the.... Sports is not the court system, it is not accounting, it is not surgery. To expect perfection in it is to take away part of the fun.

Jeremy said...

I'd be more in favor of the balls/strikes than the replay. The technology is there and it would speed up play + removed a lot of the subjectivity.