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Friday, April 11, 2014
#BuckFiftyADay: Challenging the MLB Replay System
About 25 years ago, I attended Jim Evans Umpiring School on
an assignment for Sports Illustrated. I learned a few things. One, umpiring is
incredibly hard. Two, umpires hate getting calls wrong. So I have a problem
with the replay system that’s being employed in Major League Baseball, not because
I don’t think they should be using replay, but because I believe they should
let the umpires be in charge of making the calls. I do not like the “challenge
system.” Assign one umpire to replays. When a call is close, he will know it
needs to be reviewed. He will get on the case and get it right. The challenge
system also sets a horrible precedent for baseball at every other level. Kids
and coaches and parents should not believe you can “challenge” an umpire as a
way of getting a call overturned. Let the umpires call the game.