The Waynesville Daily Guide's Derek Dueker opens up about his thoughts on expanded replay for Major League Baseball
What has two thumbs and is ready for expanded replay in Major League Baseball?
Yes, I just quoted Scrubs.
No, I'm not going to apologize for it.
And no, I'm not going to apologize to so-called baseball purists who think this is going to be a slippery slope into the technological gates of hell in which all the officials are robots and what once was America's favorite past time can no longer be recognized because of all the new gadgets and rules.
OK, maybe that's not exactly what the all the purists think, but I refuse to believe the game will be ruined because of the new agreement between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association.
In case this is all news to someone reading this, I'll help you catch up.
On Thursday, expanded replay was unanimously approved at the quarterly owners meetings and the MLBPA and WUA approved.
The MLB announced the rules shortly thereafter and I'll run through them real quick.
Managers will have at least one instant replay challenge to use during a game.
If any portion of a challenged play is overturned, the manager who challenged the play will retain the ability to challenge one more play in the game.
No manager may challenge more than two plays in a game.
In the seventh inning, the crew chief is allowed to institute a review, but the on-site officials will not make the call.
All reviews will be conducted at the Replay Command Center at MLB Advanced Media headquarters in New York.
Every ballpark will have a designated communication location around home plate somewhere.
The crew chief and at least one other Major League umpire will have access to a hard-wired headset connected to the Replay Command Center in that location.
The decision passed down from the replay official in New York will be final.
Managers verbally inform the umpire of his challenge, in what is described as a timely manner, and the challenge can involve multiple portions of the same play, but they must be specified.
Teams can have an employee monitoring video and that person can tell the manager whether or not to challenge. The catch is, both the teams must have equal access to all video.
No additional electronic equipment is allowed and camera angles in all parks will be standardized.
Now, I know the first complaint everyone will have about this new system is that it will extend the length of the games.
I can't be sure if it will or not yet because we haven't seen this process in motion yet, but at this moment I will disagree with that notion.
Take a look at the process the National Football League uses.
Sure, it probably takes on a minute or two to game lengths on really close plays, but is it not worth it to get the call correct?
No? OK then.
Cardinals fans, how would you like it if Whitey Herzog had the ability to challenge the call at first in game six in the 1985 World Series when the Royals' Jorge Orta wasn't called out at first?
Or even in the seventh game when the same official, Don Denkinger, was behind home plate and Herzog was complaining about the strike zone all night (yes, this new replay rule applies to balls and strikes)?
I wish it was around for Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game.
So does umpire Jim Joyce. I forgive you by the way, Joyce, but then again I'm not a Tigers fan.
Anyone who thinks the system was fine the way it is, is a hypocrite unless they never once complained about a missed call.
I'm sure Albert Einstein would call your type, and those who thwarted expanded replay, insane.
It was insane to allow (or approve of allowing) these types of things to happen all these years, but then saying you felt sorry for those on the wrong end of the bad call.
But none of that matters anymore. Expanded replay is here and I'm excited to see how it plays out this season.
If you have a problem with that, allow me to present, Man Not Caring.