For a sport that has held tight to most of the same rules since Teddy Roosevelt was president, it’s startling to me MLB would rush instant replay into the game. It appears the league has done just that, at least it has gone a step further. The umps and MLB came to an agreement on implementing replay, perhaps as soon as this month.
It’s a fascinating story. Here’s what stands out to me:
1. Equipment has already been installed/is in the process of being installed. …wow, MLB is serious.
2. MLB will have a “war room” in New York. …I know the NHL has such a room in Toronto, where league officials review goal calls and communicate with on-ice officials. I just never thought baseball would go there.
3. Up to three umpires will review the replays. … I guess they leave the other guy in charge of the stadium. Sheesh.
Anyone have thoughts on this? Is it good? Bad? Despite all I wrote above, I think it’s a positive. I just believe baseball should take the winter to figure out how best to implement it.
A 10-minute replay delay done awkwardly could really derail Game 7 of the World Series, right?