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Friday, August 12, 2011

College World Series gets OK for instant replay

The NCAA has given final approval for the use of instant replay to review certain calls at the 2012 College World Series.

Reviewable plays would be limited to deciding if an apparent home run is fair or foul, whether a batted ball left the playing field for a home run or a ground-rule double, or whether there is fan interference on apparent home runs.

The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee proposed the rule, and it was approved Thursday by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

Instant replay won’t be used in regionals and super regionals because not all venues will have access to the same technology as TD Ameritrade Park, the new home of the CWS.

Thanks to Jed.

Repoz Posted: August 12, 2011 at 06:12 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 12, 2011 at 06:42 PM (#3898775)
The decision was prompted by a missed call in the Florida-Texas game on day one, when UF DH Brian Johnson hit a home run that smacked off a concrete barrier that was set back a few feet from the outfield wall. It was ruled a double. It took ESPN about three seconds to show it was a home run on instant replay.

For the life of me I'm not sure why it's so hard to design a stadium where home run calls are easy.
   2. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 12, 2011 at 07:13 PM (#3898786)
I'm not sure why it's so hard to design a stadium where home run calls are easy.

Because the guys who have to call them are usually several hundred feet away from them.

-- MWE
   3. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 12, 2011 at 08:29 PM (#3898812)
For the life of me I'm not sure why it's so hard to design a stadium where home run calls are easy.

With today's technology it's the easiest damn thing in the world to see if the ball went fair or foul, especially for MLB and major events like the College World Series. There shouldn't even be a need for the field umpires to have to go look at the replay themselves.

Really, it's just ridiculous. I consider myself a traditionalist, but baseball's reluctance to embrace 21st century technology pisses me off to no end. Some traditions aren't worth holding onto.
   4. John DiFool2 Posted: August 12, 2011 at 09:25 PM (#3898846)
Because the guys who have to call them are usually several hundred feet away from them.

In the MLB playoffs that excuse shouldn't wash, if the 5th/6th umps actually bothered to station themselves right under the fair poles, rather than 100 feet behind the 1B/3B umps...

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