Thursday, June 3, 2010

Jim Joyce Blown Call Shouldn't Be Overturned For Good Of MLB

After reading numerous stories/columns/blogs about what happened last night in Detroit with the blown call by MLB umpire Jim Joyce, I figure if everyone else has an opinion....why not I jump into the fray!

Baseball is the last sport that was late to the instant replay party that it seems every sport has adopted in some way. The NBA, NFL, NHL, even the ATP all used some sort of instant replay well before the adoption of it into MLB in 2008.

According to the press release dated August 28, 2008:

"Instant replay will apply only to home run calls -- whether they are fair or foul, whether they have left the playing field, or whether they have been subject to fan interference. The decision to use instant replay will be made by the umpire crew chief, who also will make the determination as to whether or not a call should be reversed."

Again....late to the technology party.

But should replay have been used in yesterday's admitted blown call at first base to make Jason Donald out and Armando Galarraga the 21st pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game? The answer is simply NO.


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