Once Again, Baseball Is Behind The Times

November 11, 2009 – 12:35 am by Ryan Phillips

Theo Epstein

Baseball’s general managers convened Tuesday and decided not to expand instant replay in the sport. This following a postseason filled with more blown and second-guessed calls than we’ve ever seen before.

Baseball started using replay late in the 2008 season strictly on close home run calls. It has become an unqualified success when used in games. Heaven forbid we question any calls made by umpires on the field, but every other major American sports league uses instant replay in a more expanded capacity.

The NFL, NBA and NHL have all realized that the technology now available to them can be harnessed to produce a better result on the field, court and ice. Baseball, as per usual, is behind the curve.

There’s a reason the NFL has flown by Major League Baseball as the most watched league. The NFL has two things that produce a better product: instant replay and a salary cap. Major League Baseball is the only major American sports league without a cap and is the furthest behind on the replay issue.

If replay was to change in baseball for 2010, it would have to be instigated by commissioner Bud Selig. Selig is about as hip as parachute pants, so any thoughts of him being innovative can go right out the window.

One of the other topics baseball’s general managers failed to address was the pace of the game and possibly limiting the amount of mound visits allowed by catchers (I’m looking in your direction Jorge Posada). This after a World Series that, at times, was painfully boring to watch.

Nice to know that the guys who run baseball are so forward in their thinking. It would be great if they cold lower the prices back to 1950s levels as well. But no, when it comes to gouging fans they’re on the cutting edge.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Once Again, Baseball Is Behind The Times”

  2. If Selig is as hip as parachute pants, that would imply he was really, really hip at one point.

    By Cousin Charlie on Nov 11, 2009

  3. Yeah, I think you’re giving him credit by comparing him to parachute pants. I’d go back to the pompadour.

    Also, I think hockey has the jump on gouging fans when it comes to everything. Maybe that’s just the Hurricanes, but I’ve heard they’re one of the more affordable teams in the NHL.

    By MJenks on Nov 11, 2009

  4. Would a vote by the GMs have changed anything? Isn’t the decision still up to vice-lord Selig? If I see Bud around town this off season, I’m going to kick him in the hoo-ha.

    By Booter on Nov 11, 2009

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