Major League Baseball (MLB) has finally decided to expand their instant replay rules.
Right now a team can only review home runs, and there are more plays that should be reviewed.
The other three major sports – hockey, basketball and football – all have instant replay and a team can get a call reversed.
But as early as next season, the MLB is going to allow the managers three challenges: one through the first six innings, and two from the seventh inning on.
There are probably people out there wouldn’t like to see instant replay in baseball, as there’s no time limit on their games like other sports, and it can be drawn out. But right now you have the manager arguing with an umpire for a couple of minutes, and reviewing the play would probably take as long as the silly argument.
The majority of the replays should take long to review because a manager only has three challenges throughout the game, and they will probably challenge a play that they know for sure will be overturned because the umpire didn’t have a good angle or look.
Those bang-bang plays will probably take the longest to review, but that happens in all sports and the game is prolonged.
They will not be reviewing the balls and strikes called by the umpire.
That, for me, is a tough one because if the pitch is clearly a ball than the manager should have the right to challenge it, but in the long run it does make sense because there are other calls for the manager to focus on.
There have been games that have cost teams the win because of a blown call, so this replay rule is going to benefit the game positively. I do like that the managers are given challenges because you can’t replay every questionable call, or the game will take too long.
With the manager losing a challenge after six innings, it can prompt him to waste one to throw off the pitcher's game but I think the umpires will catch on, and will not let the challenge happen, as there will be no point to reviewing the call.
With most professional sports having the instant replay involved in the game, I think that it is about time that baseball starts taking advantage the technology and get the call right.