Leading Off: Upon further review, baseball gets it right
08/16/2013 12:00 AM
08/20/2013 8:23 AM
If you think baseball games are already too slow, you'll love this.
Major League Baseball added six potential speed bumps along the baselines Thursday morning.
Calling it a "historic moment," Commissioner Bud Selig said baseball will expand its replay review policy beginning next season and give managers three opportunities to challenge calls other than balls and strikes.
Each manager can challenge once in the first six innings and twice in the final three. And to help expedite things, reviews will be made by officials monitoring games in New York – not by the umpire crews being challenged.
While this rule may be three years too late for players such as former Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, whose 2010 perfect game was taken away by umpire Jim Joyce on a not-so-close call at first base with two outs in the ninth inning, the good news is that it's finally here.
For years, we've listened to baseball purists and traditionalists preach that the human element of umpires was part of the game, and, as with the players, errors made by umpires were part of the game.
Mostly, folks will complain that stopping a game up to six times to review plays will only slow a slow-paced game.
But what is most important? A quick game or accurate calls?
It may take some getting used to, but we'll soon ask ourselves how the game ever survived without the replays.
Now, if only baseball would abolish the designated hitter in the American League.
What do you think about baseball's expanded review rule?
It's about time.
Don't like it.
Let's wait and see.
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About This BlogMatt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at email@example.com. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.
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