Has Instant Replay Run Its Course In Baseball?

Every year I attempt to understand the game baseball and every year I discover new things about the game that I didn’t know before.

Last season was the introduction of replay. For better or for worse, it was needed.

It was an experiment that failed.

You see, baseball has no time limits. There’s a reason for that and it goes beyond the game itself.

When we were children, the last day of school meant something more than an end of structure, lessons learned and getting up in the morning. It meant, sleeping in, lazing around on hot summer afternoons, getting together with friends to take part in irrelevancy and revelling in it. To other’s; it meant baseball.

Imagine something that has no time limits? A game where there is the possibility of having no end. It’s almost heavenly, isn’t it?

Before last season, I welcomed the opportunity of instant replay. It was the true definitive decision. There’d be no more,”Would have, could have, should have beens”

At last, there was an answer.

Going into this season, I’m changing my tune.

There’s a reason for this change in attitude. Part of the magic in the game is the, “Would have, could have, should have beens.”

For the most part, baseball is a game of honour. Life isn’t fair.

We’ve been taught that at very early ages and what kind of lessons are we learning if a manager can run out to the diamond and argue a call and be right?

Umpires are paid big bucks to make the decisions and the right calls. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.

That’s life. When we go to work, sometimes we have to understand decisions that we may not agree with.

Again, that’s life.

How fair is it for a manager to charge after an umpire to dispute a call? A manager’s role is to work the bench and build the team strategy. An umpire’s role is to call the actions of the game.

The simplicity and magic of the game is for us bleacher creatures to dispute the calls next day or online. “Did you see that play? He was safe! There’s no way that ball was fair!”

We’re only human. We make mistakes. Baseball should be that kind of game where nothing is perfect. Baseball is a game of life.

Believe it.


  1. Gary Trujillo · February 1, 2015

    HAHA! When I presented this same argument at the beginning of last season I was called an outdated luddite! 🙂


  2. Level Whimsicality · February 1, 2015

    I feel it’s even worse, because if MLB does not stop the instant replay now, it will be doomed to the same fate as the NFL. Pockets of actual play 8 seconds long, followed by the many times longer overhead motion of rules, procedures, and regulations. Heaven forbid if a touchdown is allegedly scored. I do not understand the enjoyment in watching a microcosm of modern, over-regulated society.

    Humans man not be perfect, and the technology they build even more so.


  3. Mark Gauthier · February 2, 2015

    I mean, it was an experiment. They had to try it, but for the most part, baseball is about integrity and honesty(with the exceptions, but we all know who those guys are)I believe they should go back to the way it was.


  4. Mark Wossenburg · February 22, 2015

    Cincinnati Reds even score higher than the Cubs and they suck. As for an unlimited game of baseball I am fine if it is only for games played by the St. Louis Cardinals. Right now I am a huge fan of Keith Butler and I can’t wait for this young 26 year old to show us how it is done. SUCK IT CUBBIES!


    • Mark Gauthier · February 22, 2015

      You’re on Red Machine. I want the Cubs to beat the Reds so bad this year. LOL


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