After several years of dragging his feet, Bud Selig and his cronies have finally proposed a system for expanding instant replay in baseball.
The system outlined Thursday would allow managers to challenge three calls during a game, and to contest virtually anything except calls of balls and strikes. If the call is overturned, the manager is not deducted a challenge.
Video review will be conducted at a centralized headquarters in New York, not by the umpires at the game, so that may help speed the process along and take some ego-related issues out of the equation.
If Selig gets his way, the new system will be in place next season and we can find out whether the trade off of longer games for (hopefully) more accurate calls is worth it.
I’d be more optimistic if the expanded replay proposal was being announced in conjunction with a program for increased umpire training and accountability.
Baseball players are expected to talk to the media when they are involved in controversial plays, and their stats are put up on the scoreboard for all to see. If they don’t measure up, they lose their jobs to someone who might be better. Why not start holding umpires to the same standards?
What do you think of Bud Selig’s instant replay solution?