Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig had repeatedly shunned calls to expand the use of instant replay in baseball. But he pulled an about-face yesterday and announced new policy on the use of playback in the sport.
Currently, instant replay is only used for home run calls. Next season, the technology will be used in virtually every play except the strike zone and managers will get three challenges every game. The proposal is expected to be approved at a meeting of team owners in November.
MLB has been reluctant to widen the use of instant replay drastically in fear that it would drag out the game, but conceded after a couple of egregious botched calls during last year’s playoffs.
Should instant replay be used so widely in baseball? Should we do away with umpires all together? Do you think instant replays and manager challenges will slow down an already pretty slow game? Or should technology be used even more, such as in the strike zone?
Stephen Cannella, Assistant Managing Editor at Sports Illustrated
Adam Felder, manager of digital analytics at Atlantic Media Company. He wrote this piece for the Atlantic magazine’s website