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Thursday, August 15, 2013
TC likes replay, but infielders in danger

By Adam Rubin

SAN DIEGO -- Terry Collins generally approved of Major League Baseball's announcement of more widespread instant replay for next season, including managers able to challenge calls.

"I think it's a great idea," Collins said. "I think we have to keep up with the technology of today. That's where our sport is going. That's where every sport is going. So, after talking with Tony [La Russa] a while ago about some things, he brought up some of the ideas and I thought it made a lot of sense. They could get this done within seconds.

"I don't know what they're going to use -- if you have to come out of the dugout and point, or [use] a hankie, or whatever it might be. ... I've heard the third-base umpire might have an earpiece, just so they can get to him right away. I'd hate to have to have him run off the field seven or eight times a day."

Collins did find a couple of potential imperfections. The ensuing batter now probably will stall getting into the batter's box so the team preparing to challenge the play has enough time to review a replay itself and know if it will prevail, which could delay the game. And second basemen may become more endangered. That's because if whether a fielder touches a base is able to be reviewed, second basemen will have to ensure they step on the bag turning double plays, putting themselves at enhanced risk for a takeout slide.

"We talked about it earlier. And I said what you're going to see happen one of these days is somebody is going to challenge that the second baseman is off the bag and call a guy safe, and now you're going to make the second baseman stand on the base," Collins said. "And when Robinson Cano gets absolutely the s--- knocked out of him, that rule will change, too. ... We were already discussing that today -- that play at second base is going to become a huge factor now. You're going to have to have a guy stay in there. You're going to see some banged-up second basemen."

Meanwhile, LaTroy Hawkins expressed disappointment with today's announcement. It's not that he is necessarily opposed to more instant replay. Instead, the veteran reliever thought it was premature for MLB to go public with the plan before the players and umpires' unions signed off.

"I don't know what was the purpose of making an announcement," Hawkins said. "Three parties have got to agree if I'm not mistaken, so what's the purpose of making an announcement? Trying to put public pressure on us? No, it doesn't work like that."