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Should replay in the MLB be expanded?

Anyone who is interested in sports has seen the recent event that occurred after first base umpire Jim Joyce blew a huge call in Wednesday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians.

Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had a perfect game going into the ninth. The last batter up hit a grounder to first, Galarraga covered, and the batter appeared out by a half step at least. Joyce called him safe, breaking up the young pitchers perfect game. Upon review, the runner was so clearly out it was a call that anyone could have made.

Jim Joyce later admitted his mistake, saying “It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the **** out of it.” He hugged Galarraga, apologizing repeatedly for the error, even breaking into tears. No apology can take back the error he made, or the disappointment he caused for that young pitcher.

Here is the issue: The out would have been the last out of the game, so should the MLB be allowed the review the play and overturn the call? Instant replay is not used in baseball under most conditions, only on a limited basis. Should they expand baseball’s replay policies to other things as well?

This could change the game as we know it, but many people are calling for it after a call like the one we saw from Joyce on Wednesday. What do you think? Should there be more replay in baseball?

Joyce

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  1. Scott Davis
    June 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    There is no reason that the MLB should hold back on using technology. People say that using replay will ruin the game, but I am fairly certain that if replay was available back in the early 1900’s when the League was starting out, it would have been used.

    Each manager should be issued a certain amount of challenges each game like the NFL. It’s really foolish that replay is even being disputed.

  2. June 6, 2010 at 1:20 am

    This is no doubt an unfortunate occurrence for the young pitcher, but in the end he still won the game, so the outcome of the game was not effected by the call. I feel that they should make a greater effort to incorporate technology, but it is important to not overdo it. Although I am a lifetime fan, the sport will not gain any popularity if they continue to stretch out an already long event. I agree to a certain extent, but they need to find an efficient way to do so.

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