DeWayne Mann: MLB is being incredibly vague, as usual, but it sounds like the only things you can't challenge involve the batter at the plate: ball/strike, hit by pitch, did he swing, etc. Additionally, you can't challenge HRs, but that's because the umpires will handle those.
DeWayne Mann: So the new rumor is that the umpires want to be able to challenge plays on their own if a manager is out of challenges. In which case....why are there challenges?
idesofmarch: DeWayne Mann: So the new rumor is that the umpires want to be able to challenge plays on their own if a manager is out of challenges. In which case....why are there challenges?http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/08/15/mlb-instant-repl ay -manager-challenges-on-hold/2659555/According to this, "If a manager exhausts his three challenges, and umpire crew can make a review of its own only to determine home-run calls, a rule that will be grandfathered in with the new regulations."
DeWayne Mann: Additionally, you can't challenge HRs, but that's because the umpires will handle those.
UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I just want them to get the calls right.
DeWayne Mann: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I just want them to get the calls right.But where's the strategy in that? Isn't that what's really important?
Pray 4 Mojo: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Yes I'm kidding, but MLB's implementation of replay is going to be a fiasco.I'm looking forward to seeing pitchers run for the mound to be able to get a foot on the rubber after there's a close play called in their favor... kinda like they do in football
DeWayne Mann: thecpt: That's assuming it could be done quickly and accurately though. From the nfl, I know sometimes someone has too look at a gray area play for 3 minutes to get it straight. Baseball is normally a simpler sport so that will be far less common, but pausing play often for something iffy could be detrimental. If they prove they can do it that quickly then I'm on your side (not going to argue "added strategy" bs). I just don't think they will be able to in practice.I don't understand the objection. Isn't that going to be a problem in any system?thecpt: Maybe I just have less faith in umps than I should, and more in the owners' ability to amend the rules. Yes, I know what you're going to say to this.I think most umps want to get things right. Not all, but most.I think ALL owners want to make the game as profitable as possible. Since I see no difference in profit between the two systems (and, depending on how it's implemented, I can see how the 5th umpire would cost them money), I don't understand why they would bother.steamingpile: Then its a moot point since the biggest blown call involved an umpire that had no clue what the rule means.For the 800th time, you are the one who doesn't know what the infield fly rule means.
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