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(CBS Sports)   MLB umpires to consider using microphones to explain their rulings. Which Cardinals fans have been waiting for since 1985 to hear Don Denkinger explain his call at first base   ( cbssports.com) divider line
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2017-04-20 10:40:32 AM  
I mean, this makes sense in the NFL, where you have these Byzantine rules on things like what constitutes a catch that make the federal tax code look simple, and you need Ed "Guns" Hochuli to step up there and give us a lecture on why though it certainly looked like the guy caught the ball, he didn't because you could see the nose of the ball wiggle more than 2 millimeters or something.  What's an umpire going to say?  "The call is reversed because the runner was actually safe"?
 
2017-04-20 10:54:52 AM  
Please, no.
 
2017-04-20 11:50:52 AM  
The replay result is either Confirmed, Upheld or Overturned... just put that up on the screen. Also, it's not the responsibility of the local umpires to make the call, it's some umpires in New York.. they should be the ones explaining themselves.
 
2017-04-20 11:53:36 AM  
How about speeding up the current process? Something like a trapped catch can be seen in 5 seconds by the home viewer, but it takes 45 seconds or more to reach the same conclusion at the ballpark.
 
2017-04-20 11:59:04 AM  
FANS: hey we have some suggestions for how to improve baseball
MLB: ok
FANS: would you like to hear them?
MLB: absolutely not
 
2017-04-20 12:09:41 PM  
They're so worried about making games shorter and they want to do this? No thanks.
 
2017-04-20 12:10:42 PM  
How about the replay center in New York having a direct line to the TV broadcasters where they can call (or even text/tweet/teletype/ICQ) any explanation needed. Too easy? Hell, just announce that the replay center will have its own Twitter handle where all replay results will be tweeted out after they happen.
 
2017-04-20 12:17:32 PM  
How often is there any question as to what the issue and decision is? How often when it is complicated do the announcers not fully explain it during the review?

Signalling fair, foul, safe, out, etc is sufficient virtually every time.

For those that it isn't that simple, giving an explanation immediately won't change anything. You have professionals paid to explain things at every game. Give them an update between innings or from MLB head offices. Hell give the ump the mike that coaches use between innings and then broadcast it the next half inning if you want them to explain.

Or even do what is done now, have MLB explain it after the game.
 
2017-04-20 12:21:40 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

"Because fark you, that's why."  --C.B. Bucknor
 
2017-04-20 12:23:35 PM  

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"Because fark you, that's why."  --C.B. Bucknor


What?

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2017-04-20 12:32:58 PM  
When even Wrigley Field has enormous video screens/message boards available which can display a quick message clarifying the ruling, this seems incredibly pointless.

However, I'm willing to allow it if they institute a rule that says a review has to be overturned within two minutes, or the ruling on the field stands. If someone in New York needs to see the 71st camera angle at 1/27th speed, zoomed in to the point where it's just pixels, then I think most fans would say, you know what, close enough, get on with the game.
 
2017-04-20 12:33:44 PM  
Anything that adds a degree of accountability to umpires is fine by me.

They really need to understand that their egos are just as much of a problem as everything else wrong with the MLB at this point.
 
2017-04-20 12:40:49 PM  
Gonna be real awkward when home plate ump Enrico Palazzo hits the can between innings and forgets his mic is on.
 
2017-04-20 12:47:34 PM  
St Louis had all of game 7 to come back after that call, but they lost their shiat and lost 11-0. Fark the whiners in St. Louis.

/Go Royals
 
2017-04-20 12:58:17 PM  

conductormtm: St Louis had all of game 7 to come back after that call, but they lost their shiat and lost 11-0. Fark the whiners in St. Louis.

/Go Royals


That's kind of the way I feel about idiots trying to blame Bartman for the Cubs' collapse in 2003 as well.  If Moises Alou doesn't completely lose his shiat, and he just jogs back to his position calmly, I think they hold on to win that game.

Besides, that was Game 6.  There was still a Game 7.
 
2017-04-20 01:04:07 PM  
I am sure Atlanta Braves fans would love n explanation of Kent Hrbek's infamous play first during the 1991 world series.
/Twins fan
// would like to hear it as well.
/// betting it would be entertaining.
 
2017-04-20 01:11:49 PM  
There are a few situations where this could be useful.  If a review is done based on a rule many fans have probably never heard of, then sure.  Quote the rule number and the outcome.  Or placing of runners after an overturned out call.  Or clarifying what was reviewed if it isn't obvious.

In cases like these, the umpire only has to say it once to everyone instead of talking to each manager, and people (like the broadcasters) aren't left wondering.

But for basic reviews, like home run vs. double?  Nobody wants to hear an explanation of the ground rules.  Just signal the outcome and get on with it.
 
2017-04-20 01:20:05 PM  

grimlock1972: I am sure Atlanta Braves fans would love n explanation of Kent Hrbek's infamous play first during the 1991 world series.
/Twins fan
// would like to hear it as well.
/// betting it would be entertaining.


It was a clean tackle.  Hrbek used good technique to stop the runner.
 
2017-04-20 01:20:08 PM  

jake_lex: conductormtm: St Louis had all of game 7 to come back after that call, but they lost their shiat and lost 11-0. Fark the whiners in St. Louis.

/Go Royals

That's kind of the way I feel about idiots trying to blame Bartman for the Cubs' collapse in 2003 as well.  If Moises Alou doesn't completely lose his shiat, and he just jogs back to his position calmly, I think they hold on to win that game.

Besides, that was Game 6.  There was still a Game 7.


Why? The Bartman thing was completely different. There was no blown call or screwup there.
 
2017-04-20 01:30:32 PM  
Umpire School Day 1: when brushing off home plate, point your rear end towards the pitcher.  Nobody in the stands wants to see your coin slot.

Umpire School Day 2: "Ball" and "strike" are authorized.  Not "Ball low," "ball outside," etc.  Explanations invite disagreements.

Umpire School Day 3: Confusing double talk and gratuitous profanity are effective techniques in arguments after Option 1 (letting them shout for a minute and then walk away) fails.
 
2017-04-20 01:46:31 PM  

jake_lex: conductormtm: St Louis had all of game 7 to come back after that call, but they lost their shiat and lost 11-0. Fark the whiners in St. Louis.

/Go Royals

That's kind of the way I feel about idiots trying to blame Bartman for the Cubs' collapse in 2003 as well.  If Moises Alou doesn't completely lose his shiat, and he just jogs back to his position calmly, I think they hold on to win that game.

Besides, that was Game 6.  There was still a Game 7.


If Alex Gonzalez fields a routine double-play ball, nobody would know Bartman's name. I hope Gonzalez sends Bartman a Christmas card every year.
 
2017-04-20 03:19:06 PM  
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The only thing that need explaining is Eric Gregg's strike zone.
 
2017-04-20 04:13:46 PM  

ltdanman44: [www.fangraphs.com image 400x232]

The only thing that need explaining is Eric Gregg's strike zone.


Or Joaquin Andujar's spectacular meltdowns.
 
2017-04-20 04:25:18 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: The replay result is either Confirmed, Upheld or Overturned... just put that up on the screen. Also, it's not the responsibility of the local umpires to make the call, it's some umpires in New York.. they should be the ones explaining themselves.


I dunno, having an ump explain to the crowd why his call was overturned seems delightful.

I want them to add "...LIKE I SAID IN THE FIRST PLACE" to the end of every confirmed call, "...we guess." to the end of every "upheld," and "I apologize to everyone here for wasting your time with my terrible call." to overturned calls.
 
2017-04-20 07:11:01 PM  

Cubs300: grimlock1972: I am sure Atlanta Braves fans would love n explanation of Kent Hrbek's infamous play first during the 1991 world series.
/Twins fan
// would like to hear it as well.
/// betting it would be entertaining.

It was a clean tackle.  Hrbek used good technique to stop the runner.


Well played sir. well played.
 
2017-04-20 07:19:18 PM  

rjakobi: Anything that adds a degree of accountability to umpires is fine by me.

They really need to understand that their egos are just as much of a problem as everything else wrong with the MLB at this point.


How about sending them down to the minors to get their heads straight?
 
2017-04-21 12:03:36 PM  
Can we also get three-way ear pieces between pitcher catcher and manager to eliminate the 10 minute party on mound?
 
2017-04-21 02:22:28 PM  
Umpire School Day 3: Confusing double talk and gratuitous profanity are effective techniques in arguments after Option 1 (letting them shout for a minute and then walk away) fails.

It's always bothered me that after the umpire tosses a manager, said manager stays in the ump's face and continues yelling until he gets tired of yelling.  I know the fans love it, but it seems to me once you're ejected you need to leave forthwith.  I'd like to see an NBA coach get a second technical and get in the ref's face and yell for several minutes before leaving.  How much of a fine would that bring?
 
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