Bud’s a Dud.


Technology makes life much more simple.

Calculators allow us to do complicated mathematics with ease, while mechanized assembly lines package goods well beyond the capabilities of a human.

Last night, after seeing a human’s fairly limited ability to umpire a baseball game (Here), maybe now its time to really install instant replay in baseball.

Now, this is where most baseball purists would jump down my throat and accuse me of destroying the wholesome nature of the game. They’ll reminisce about their days of playing as a kid in the sandlot, or babble on about how legends like Ruth and DiMaggio are real American heroes.

But, you know what? Cokes don’t cost 10 cents and nobody uses Brylcreem anymore.

Times change. Get over it.

Baseball’s commissioner, Bud Selig grudgingly allowed instant replay to be used on home run calls, and the like, but so far has resisted furthering its use in the game.

Well Bud, I hope you watched last night’s debacle. Because I don’t think there’s a better example of how instant replay could easily reverse a badly blown call. Oh wait. Yes there is: (See Bob Davidson’s missed call in the 1992 World Series – Here)

Maybe, just maybe this is a good time for Mr. Selig to do right by the game, add instant replay, and have that serve as his repentance for blindly ignoring years of rampant steroid use.

But for all those purists still stuck in the past, terrified of ruining baseball, just think about it like this… What would Branch Rickey do?

The Hall of Famer is perhaps the most progressive figure in baseball history. He is revered in baseball circles. He created the minor league farm system, introduced batting helmets, and signed Jackie Robinson, effectively breaking the colour barrier.

I’m gonna go out an a limb and say he’d be just fine with instant replay. You should be too.

4 thoughts on “Bud’s a Dud.”

  1. This morning if you turned on a TV to any major news network or show I guarantee this topic was talked about. I first saw it on TSN this morning, but decided to check around to see how the coverage was. Even the CBC Newsworld girls were talking about it… in fact they even seemed distraught. If the CBC Newsworld morning girls are upset about a baseball call, then perhaps there might be something wrong here……

  2. In response to blown calls the MLB has responded by sacrificing tradition and changed the umps for the world series (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4586645). Given that we are in the middle of the playoffs this is about all we can have hoped for. However, going forward if the MLB does not respond with a more comprehensive solution (read: adopt instant replay) then they will be taking steps towards being only marginally more respectable than the CFL. Fortunately for Selig, since the CFL is effectively only a playground for second rate NFLers and drug offenders, he doesn’t have to worry about falling all the way to the bottom rung of professional sports organizations.

  3. The call was a bad one. Obviously.
    But, umpires in professional baseball do their job at a 97.5 percent efficiency rate. They call balls and strikes correct 96% of the time. That’s saying when Roy Halladay throws his almost common-place 100 pitch complete games, the umpire gets 96 of those pitches correct. ODDS are those 4 he got wrong didn’t come in a row, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to walk in the winning run. Furthermore, they call the bases and fair/foul balls correct 99% of the time. How often have you seen the lead-off batter called out on a ‘bang bang’ play at first, only to start yelling at the TV. That is until the slow motion replay comes on and you mutter to yourself…”hmm, he was out”. The umpiring in baseball is underated. How many times have you seen an NFL refree get knocked out with a foul ball to the face, or spit on by Roberto Alomar.
    YES, the judgement of those who officiate sporting events can change the outcome of the game drastically. However, its what makes it unique. The prefered strike zone of the umpire is just as important to the starting pitcher as the increment weather.
    Plus, if it weren’t for Umpires, we wouldn’t get to laugh at those two crack heads behind the back stop at every Jays home game.

  4. The umpire making the bad call is not what is so aggravating about this ordeal. It is a bit ridiculous (and probably flukey) that they missed so many at once, but the real problem is that Selig remains unconviced that instant replay will be a benefit to the game in situations like this. Seilg is to the MLB what George W. Bush was to the U.S. presidency. He is doing nothing to put the game’s future in a better place. Adding instant replay to baseball could be Selig’s chance to reedem himself for his relatively poor tenure.

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