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There is to many outside variables on how to handle the play, and the time involved to check, that it should be the last thing implemented in a replay system.
I don't think trapped balls are usually that tough to check. Maybe occasionally there's one where you need a few different angles to see it, but most of the time you can see it right away on the replay, but the umpires were too far away to see it.
Really? My experience has been different, it usually takes multiple angles to get a definitive view, and even that is usually debateable.
I think what's important is that they need to end the "crew goes into the dugout and looks at a monitor" thing. They should have a league official in the press box whose job it is to watch the replays, and be ready for when the crew chief calls up to him. Since he'll probably be looking at the replay already when the crew chief calls up, half of the work would already be done.
it usually takes multiple angles to get a definitive view, and even that is usually debateable. And of course that isn't dealing with the how to handle the runner issue. Again, if they are going to add replay, the force out is the next logical step
#7 The CFL has the stupid challenge model, but they've made it work pretty well by not putting the ref under the hood and going with a strong definition of indisputable evidence. It's rare for them to spend more than 20 seconds and they go with the call on the field unless it's clear the call on the field was wrong.
You have a pt. Perhaps, and this is supposition on my part; the thinking is that: Trapped balls are one of the most difficult 50-50 type calls, lots of times umps make calls that are totally at odds with the film and we get crazy phone calls; and b) these really are fairly rare. Whereas force out at first is: usually pretty clear to even the average fan; and b) occur way too often in a game.
it boggles my mind that it's not being done already
"it's a pop up into short center field. Here comes the centerfielder! He slides! Did he catch it? . . . I don't know! Let's wait until they're done reviewing the tape! After this commercial break...."
"Oh no, that is the worse call I have ever seen, James Joyce missed the call, Verlander's perfect game is ruined by a miscall from the umpire...oh wait, the crew chief is signalling to the first base bag, and apparently the instant replay booth in New York has called in and overturned the call that Joyce made 30 seconds ago and Verlander gets his perfect game".
Yeah, but if replay gives Galarraga's perfect game to Verlander that's pretty messed up. And Joyce probably could've gotten the call right in the first place if he hadn't been working on Ulysses between pitches.
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