I’m all for the expanded replay system. But it is far from perfect and Joe Maddon on opening day was a perfect example of why the faster replay system is actually annoying and probably slower. [BI SPORTS]



  1. Rob says:

    I don't think anyone anticipated this, but it's always the unintended consequences that that make decisions look like bad ones.

  2. Alex says:

    How is it any different from a manager coming out and making a big tirade on the field? It's not

    • Cork Gaines says:

      How often do you think managers ran out and had a tirade? Maddon might have had 6-8 last year and he does it more often than most. On the other hand there were at least 8 of these on opening day that I counted. This is going to happen far more often than tirades. Oh and at least tirades were entertaining.

  3. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    I was truly excited about the onset of expanded replay right up until Maddon sauntered out onto the field and the cameras fixed themselves on Davey Martinez in the dugout giving him the “don’t bother” sign. That needs to be nipped in the bud immediately.
    Perhaps they can change the rule to the manager having to call for the replay within 15 seconds of the end of the play or some such limitation. Otherwise, it will make a mockery of the game.

    • Sarah says:

      I agree; or say the manager needs to call it from the dugout, or throw a flag or something. I like, in principle, the idea of replay -- it's crazy that every fan watching at home can see what those on the field cannot. But managers should be forced to make a snap decision, not have their own mini-review before then calling for a formal review. How do they do it in football?

      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        Football, the sport most often associated with replay, actually has the worse replay of all in regard to the actual implementation of the replay because the head official actually goes and watches the replay and makes the final determination. This is fundamentally flawed because even if he is totally objective about overturning a call that he may have made it still brings the game to an immediate and undeterminably long halt.
        In the case of the NFL, much like what seems to be the problem with baseball replay in its infancy, the coordinators up in the booth get to look at the replay upstairs and radio down if they feel it warrants a review.
        This part of the system is different from that of baseball because while the coach is waiting for his "team" to "pre-replay" there is a play clock ticking which determines when the next play must start, or else they incur a penalty-- that is exactly the fix, in principle, that MLB will need to work toward. Call for the review of a play within X amount of time or you've missed your window.

  4. jason says:

    One way this might get fixed is by umpires policing it themselves by tossing managers.

  5. Dave L says:

    Where is it written managers must make a decision based on only the real time eyeball test? Of course they should be allowed a quick look at a replay.

    Its not a contest between who saw it better live, manager or ump. Its about getting it right.

    If they want to make it faster:

    1) eliminate the manager challenge
    2) hire real proactive reviewers in the HQ who aren't afraid to overturn the umps.
    3) have the Home office replay ump signal the Umpire when he is looking at a play to briefly delay the next pitch
    4) just reverse the obvious ones, thats what most people want.

    The manager should have no say, he can't be expected top make an informed decision with no review himself of the pertinent video and that takes time.

    • Beth says:

      I see your point. If this is really about getting calls right, and not just adding a new dimension of gamesmanship, why have the manager play this role?


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