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Instant Replay in Major League Baseball

 

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As most of you probably already know, this MLB season marks the first year of the new instant replay system. Previously, the umpire crew chief could initiate a review, which would occur at the stadium and that crew would render a decision on the call. Only boundary home run calls were eligible for review.

The current system, however, allots each manager one challenge per game, and a second (and final) challenge if the first results in an overturned call. If neither team has any challenges remaining, the umpire crew chief is allowed to initiate an instant replay review from the seventh inning on. If the play in question is a boundary home run call, the umpire crew chief may initiate a review at any time. All instant replay reviews are examined by an umpire at the Replay Command Center in New York City who may uphold or overturn the initial call.

The use of instant replay in MLB has been up for a lot of debate. Proponents of the use of instant replay feel that it improves the accuracy of play calling and adds a new layer of strategy to the game. A team is allowed only one challenge per game that they are forced to use judiciously. If correct, they get a second challenge but that’s it. Critics of instant replay feel that it takes away from the human element of the game and that errors are a part of the game. They also feel instant replays take away from umpires’ role and slow the game down.

What do you think about the use of instant replay in Major League Baseball?

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