Selig on Instant Replay: Git-R-Done!

July 16, 2008 – 12:00 am by admin

Aside from the game itself, the All Star festivities are also a good time to corner MLB commissioner Bud Selig and ask him questions about the state of the game over which he presides.

In a startling departure from the last few years, performance enhancing drugs and all the controversy surrounding them were not the main points brought up in Selig’s question-and-answer session with the media Tuesday.

Instead, he said that MLB is looking “intensely” at replay and that a system could be in place by the playoffs.

Interesting. At first reports were saying MLB would get a replay system in place by next year after giving it a test run after the season is over in the Arizona Fall League. Seemed like a fair enough way to do it.

The question, I believe, is whether it’s a good idea to put an instant replay system into place for the playoffs before it’s used in a regular season game. Not that regular season games are meaningless, because clearly they’re not, but wouldn’t you rather work the kinks in the system out and let managers and umpires get used to it in the regular season before plopping it in their laps before the games really matter?

I like Bud’s intentions. It’s about time MLB catches up with the times and gets instant replay. I’m just not sure it’s a great idea to get it in place this quickly. But what do I know? I’m not the guy that let the All Star game end in a tie.

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