VIDEO: MLB Instant Replay works quickly and efficiently for first overturned call

  • David Whitlock

I will admit I am a skeptic about instant replay in baseball.  I’m worried about too many of them, them taking too long, and in general, I feel like umps are more right than wrong.  And if they don’t, that’s part of the game.  So far, so good for Major League Baseball.  While the first replay today upheld the umpires call, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez took a missed call, made the protest, and the umps got it right.  Check how it unfolds in a couple of minutes (via MLB.com):

The more complicated calls will come when a trap is overruled an out (and returning baserunners) or an out is ruled safe (and figuring out where other runners might have ended up).  But we’ll take our victories now!

– David Whitlock
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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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