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Friday, January 17, 2014

Bud Selig's instant replay (review): typically, too little, too late, too lame.

1963 Machtronics MVR-10
used in the first days of TV instant replay

Friday, August 16, 2013  My replay ideas are better than Bud's.

Allen Huber "Bud" Selig, commissioner of the Major Baseball League (MBL), has once again dazzled the unimaginative into thinking that he has come up with a good idea.  Buddy has embraced review of plays, you now instant replay.  Keep in mind that everyone EXCEPT the umpires has been reviewing plays for years and drawing their own conclusions...

Within one minute of the end of a play I've seen enough replays to determine:
- the call was correct
- the call was incorrect
- I can't tell...

could simply go with my original idea about reviewing plays: put the replays up on the big screen so that everyone can see them at the same time.  It won't take long for the umpires to realize that they made an incorrect call.
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MLB clubs unanimously approve expansion of instant replay

Clubs will now have the right to show replays of all close plays on its ballpark scoreboard, regardless of whether the play is reviewed.
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Forget all the nonsense and just look at the instant REPLAY on the big screen and determine on the spot if the play was called incorrectly.  That would be much quicker and more comprehensive than what the MBL finally agreed to implement.

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