Replay for the World Series could work
Updated: October 22, 2009, 2:21 PM ETBy Buster Olney
Don Denkinger, an umpire who had one of the most famous blown calls in history, tells Bob Klapisch: It's time to go to replay. Here's the thing: Eventually, expanded use of replay is going to happen. It's as inevitable as a Democrat or Republican winning the next presidential election. The technology is greatly improved and immediately available, and there is tremendous sentiment growing within the sport for more replay use. Major League Baseball might as well do it right now, in an effort to make the game better. If the Yankees win Thursday night, there will be five days until the World Series starts, and MLB should use that time to define the parameters of expanded replay use and determine how the communication will work. Commissioner Bud Selig would be applauded for making an aggressive push to correct the kind of mistakes we have seen time and time and time again this postseason, and while there would be a lot of hand-wringing over the mechanics of expanded replay, about how to make it happen, it should be very simple: Just get it right. On calls of fair or foul, on calls of safe or out, on all calls not involving balls or strikes, just get it right. Don't put the onus on the managers to throw out some silly red challenge flag -- just get it right. If an umpire such as John Hirshbeck were to oversee the replay booth during the World Series, he could be in communication with the crew chief, and if replay were to show that a call was wrong, just stop the game and fix it. Anyone watching on television knows, in almost all cases, whether a call was wrong or right within 20 seconds of the play concluding. MLB should give the umpires those same tools. Others are writing about it as well. Troy Renck writes that Major League Baseball should suspend Tim McClelland. It's time for umpire challenges, writes Hal McCoy.
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