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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Plaschke: Baseball gets it right with expanded replay

Plaschke likes it.  Lasorda hates it. Now I’m really ####### torn.

And, of course, if there had been instant replay, Reggie Jackson’s hip check of Bill Russell’s throw in Game 4 of the 1978 World Series is successfully challenged by Tom Lasorda, and maybe the Yankees don’t come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game and tie a series they eventually won.

“Missed call, terrible call,” Lasorda remembered Thursday. ‘‘But you know something? Our team messed up some things in that World Series too.”

It should only figure that one of the greatest umpire debaters in baseball history is not thrilled with a full instant replay system that should end those debates.

“That’s right, I don’t like what they did with instant replay; baseball should just leave it alone,” Lasorda said. “Baseball tries to get too fancy. The umpires miss, what, one call every three or four games? So they’re human. We’re all human. What’s wrong with that?”

There undoubtedly will be many voices that echo Lasorda, traditionalists understandably complaining that replay will remove the human element that makes baseball so special while making a sometimes agonizingly slow sport even slower.

This column was to be one of those voices. But watching bad calls in big games taunt us from the video highlights changed this opinion.

...On Thursday this most stubborn of sports should be applauded for moving into the video era, finally unafraid to allow their insulated of world of ERA and RBI to be influenced by the far more powerful initials of HD.


Repoz Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:47 PM | 44 comment(s)
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