Tagged: Don Denkinger

Instant Replay: The Sooner, the Better


I think that the sooner MLB implements instant replay, the better it will be for the long term health of the game. MLB is finally taking some action by making tentative plans to use instant replay in the Arizona Fall League (Stark, Jayson. “Source: Baseball may try replay in Arizona Fall League.” ESPN.com, May 22, 2008.). No more Don Denkinger calls in the playoffs; hooray!

If some kind of replay could be implemented at the Major League level, it’s only natural that all parties involved, including umpires, managers, and fans, would eventually grow to accept its use beyond home run calls. Commissioner Selig has the delicate job of implementing it in such a way that people don’t get upset about it, avoiding the instantaneous and drastic change that could lead to vocal displeasure from the aforementioned parties, let alone the media. It can be done.

(Photo Credit: Unknown, possibly Associated Press)

Discussion Question:

1.) What’s your prediction on the exact day MLB will use some kind of instant replay feature for the first time?