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Leave it to the umps, Selig

June 3, 2010 - Per Peterson
Major League Baseball veteran umpire Jim Joyce blew a call. That’s it. He didn’t kill anyone. He didn’t steal anything. He blew a call. Yes, it was a big call, one that cost a young pitcher a perfect game, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal. Really, it’s not. The sun came up Thursday morning. Life as we know it still goes on. Let’s get over it. And please Bud Selig, for the love of God, please don’t consider expanding instant replay in baseball. Don’t let this be the deciding factor that forces you to take even more subjectivity out of the greatest game ever invented. Baseball is less reliant on instant replay than any other professional sport and should stay that way. Relying on instant replay for home runs is one thing, because umps are human and do make mistakes, but let’s be careful not to take anymore of the human factor out of the game. Because then, before you know it, umps will be going to the booth for every close pitch, and if the ultimate goal is to speed up games more “instant” replay will turn out to be nothing more than counterproductive.


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