The Slippery Slope of Instant Replay

August 28, 2008 – 10:43 pm

Instant replay is now officially part of Major League Baseball, and I’m afraid this is going to end up being a very slippery slope.  In the NFL, It started out as a good idea, but today it’s a total joke.  It’s no longer used to just reverse obvious mistakes, but instead it’s being used to review each and every close call.  And so what might be a close, controversial call on the field is now replaced with a controversial call in the replay booth.  I’ve seen many a game where the announcers don’t even agree with what the replay official came up with.  It’s to the point where you need a review of the review, a tie-breaker so that at least you have two-of-three groups agreeing on the call.  It’s beyond absurd.

We’re told that baseball will not extend the use of replay to anything other than these so-called “boundary plays”, but I find that very hard to believe.  There’s no better example than today’s Yankees-Red Sox game where Dustin Pedroia clearly ran out of the base paths to avert Alex Rodriquez’s tag in the sixth inning.  It ended up being a non-issue, as Pedroia was stranded at third.  But obviously something like that is going to happen at some point in some critical game, and have an impact on the outcome.  And you know people will then be screaming to have that type play included in the review process.  And the whole thing will snowball to the point where it’s just as absurd in baseball as it is in football.

But I guess at this point all I can do is just save up an “I told you so”, as I can guarantee you that somewhere down the road I’ll be able to cash it in.

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