ORLANDO, Fla. – Baseball could soon have a new position: replay judge.
General managers recommended for the first time Tuesday that instant replay be used to help umpires on boundary calls — whether potential home runs are fair or foul, whether balls go over fences or hit the tops and bounce back, and whether fans interfere with possible homers.
The proposal was approved by a 25-5 vote. There was no specific time frame on when such a system might be put in place.
“We’ve taken the first step. The question will be now, what do we do?” said Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president for baseball operations in the commissioner’s office. “We have glacier-like movement in baseball, so I’m hopeful that we can at least start meaningful discussions about it. I think that this will be something we’ll have to go very deliberately on.”
Solomon said the next step will be to speak with commissioner Bud Selig, who opposes the use of replays but said last month he was willing to let GMs examine the issue. If Selig gives the go-ahead, Solomon and the staff in the commissioner’s office would draft a detailed replay proposal that GMs could vote on when they gather next month at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
Pro hockey and football use instant replay. Why not baseball? Are these replays going far enough? I’d think close calls where a runner is called out or safe could be up for review. Have an official at the games who can view replays to make the determination. Doesn’t the NHL call Toronto on questionable goals or non-goals?
As to lengthening baseball games, baseball is long already. The time issue should have been seen to already, if that was such a priority.
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