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Keep replay out of baseball, please

June 2, 2008

by Aaron Schultz

With the recent rash of missed home run calls by umpires in Major League baseball, there has been a lot of discussion about adopting some form of replay into baseball.

Sure, an argument can be made that replay in baseball would help get the calls right, as it has done in football, basketball, and hockey.

With that said, I am against putting any form of instant replay in baseball.

The people for adding instant replay into baseball claim that it would only be used for home runs – to determine if the ball actually went out of the park or was fair.

Yeah, that is what they claim, but once replay gets a foothold into Major League baseball, when will it stop?

Say replay is adopted into baseball next season, and it is a success, then you know what will be coming.

After a year or two, those same people that pushed to get replay into baseball will want it to play a bigger role.

First, it will be for all foul ball calls – some kind of device, like in tennis, has to let the umpires know if the ball was fair or foul.

After that, the next thing will be an automated system to call balls and strikes.

The next thing you know, there will be a single umpire in a box next to the field reviewing each and every out or safe call, making the call from his little box.

Maybe this is a little bit of a doomsday prediction from me assuming replay gets tried, at all.

But really, once Major League baseball takes that first step, are the other changes all that far off?

To me, I just can’t stand the idea of any more technology in baseball – it doesn’t belong!

Now, I’m the first person to rip on umpires when they do a bad job, and they usually do. Sorry umps, but it has been awhile since I have scolded any of you in a column. It needed to be done.

With that all said, I couldn’t imagine watching a Major League baseball game and not complaining about an ump’s strike zone, or an out call at first base.

That is just part of the fun of watching Major League baseball, and if it gets taken away, it would suck.

Even the home run calls that have been missed this year are a part of the game that I love, and would hate to lose.

All these little mistakes, and some big ones, are part of the reason why baseball is the best game in the world.

Don’t get me wrong, I love football, but when they go to the replay booth to check a call, I check out.

It distracts from the game, and lets the officials off the hook from doing their job.

In baseball, you have no such problem, at the time being.

Officials need to get it right on their own, and if they don’t, they’re held accountable, which is the way it has always been, the way it should be, and the way I hope it stays.

My final argument against replay in baseball is the time it will take.

Unlike any other sport, where there is a time limit, baseball has no such issues.

Baseball games don’t run out the clock, and because of that, they can take a long time.

While a very long baseball game is something I can do without, imagine how much longer some games will take if they have to replay even just a few close calls.

An added 10 to 15 minutes to a game that is already pushing three hours, will push more fringe fans away.

Top 100 movie quotes

The top 100 movie quotes picked by ESPN continue, with quotes 25 through 21.

• 25: “. . . Whose bright stripes and broad stars, in the perilous night. O’er the ramparts we watched, as the da da da da da da. And the rocket’s red glare, lots of bombs in the air . . .”
From the movie “The Naked Gun.”

• 24: “I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, you can change, everybody can change.”
From the movie “Rocky IV.”

• 23: “There will be an additional springboard installed for Melon’s dive, the Triple Lindy!”
From the movie “Back to School.”

• 22: “Get him a body bag, yeaaahhh!”
From the movie The Karate Kid.”

• 21: “Which brings me to my second point, kids. Don’t do crack.”
From the movie “Waterboy.” What makes this quote so great is that it comes from NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, who has a little bit of a drug problem.