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MLB's Sad Lack Of Replay Progression

Once every few weeks, I find myself watching a baseball game, witnessing a terrible call by an umpire that could easily be corrected unfairly hurt a team, and launching myself into a verbal and social media outrage. How can a professional sports league be so stuck in the past? The NHL, NBA and NFL (imagine the change in NFL games especially without replay) all have worked out good ways to utilize the technology that is available while baseball has made one baby step.

Baseball traditionalists argue that the human element is what makes baseball great or that it would slow the game down significantly to expand replay. The human element argument has never made sense to me. Why would anyone embrace mistakes that can be easily fixed? You can either get a call right 30 seconds later or get it wrong. It doesn't have to be complicated. My response to slowing down the pace of the game is that games took over 2 hours and 50 minutes on average last year and the regular season is 162 freaking games long! I don't think pace of the game is real important to the sport.

In terms of expanding replay, I'm in favor of allowing close plays at all bases be reviewed and fair and foul balls down the line. Balls and strikes should not be reviewable. I also suggest either one challenge for each team a game or a limit on reviewable calls in a game. MLB should also draw on the NHL's use of a central replay location (Toronto for NHL) to review plays quickly and let the umpires know faster than them claiming down in the dugout. Hopefully replay changes are made to the MLB's system soon.

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