Last night after Adrian Gonzalez was somehow deemed out at home, I shot out a text last night to a couple friends (Miller included) that said “Guys I think I’m against replay in baseball.”  After one friend texted back saying “No I like it” I was forced to reflect on my statement.  I did eventually rescind the notion that I “don’t like” replay in baseball, and instead changed it to “I think replay in baseball is good, but they need to figure it the fuck out.”

That’s the problem though.  A couple years ago, I wrote for a blog called Perfect Pours (God rest its soul), and wrote an article saying how replay was good for baseball, but they needed to iron out the kinks.  That was three years ago.  So how the hell am I sitting here, three years later, saying the same exact fucking thing?  

The answer is, I don’t know.  Replay in baseball isn’t necessarily a “new” thing anymore.  It’s been around for 3-4 years and they’re still screwing up.  I’m not going to be one of those guys that says “well sheesh why even have replay if they aren’t going to get it right” because I would say the majority of the time, replay does get the call right, which is good.  But there are still too many times when it is used cheaply or calls are still missed.

I got into an argument with Miller last night about the “cheaply used replay.”  I have been vocal on Twitter about how I think it’s absolute bullshit that you can challenge a play on a slide where the runner clearly beats the throw, does not overslide the bag and because of the sliding momentum they come off the base for a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a second and still get called out.  I saw it in the Indians and Blue Jays series.  Someone on the Indians stole second, beat the throw, Tulowitzki saw they beat the throw, but immediately waved towards the dugout to get them to review the play.  They reviewed it, and the runner was indeed off the base for less than a zillionth of a second during the slide (that’s the key here, not after the slide, this is the momentum of the slide) and was called out.

In all reality, smart move by Tulo.  But it’s horse shit.  If you challenge almost any slide ever, you could probably slow it down enough where this happens in the majority of slides.  You shouldn’t be able to challenge that play.  It’s bullshit and it will change baserunning if they leave it that way.  My thought on how to change it is to simply make that a non-reviewable play.  That play is not what replay was brought into baseball for.  This wasn’t a problem before replay.  If you saw that at game speed or even in a simple replay where it’s not slowed down to milliseconds upon milliseconds, you wouldn’t say “oh man he should have been called out.”  Replay was for clear screw ups, or bang bang plays at first, or fair and foul balls.  

Which brings us to last night.  How do you miss the call with Gonzalez.  Unless I am missing something (which is certainly possible) how do you miss that?  Contreras tagged Gonzalez in the face well after the hand touched home.  And that is why I became so pissed.  If you’re going to use replay to slow down a slide so much so that you can see the smaller-than-split-second to see that they did come off the base, then you have GOT to get the clear plays right as well.  Maybe they need more work with it, I don’t know.  But a play like that can’t be missed in the NLCS.  It just can’t.  And likewise, a slide at second can’t be called either.  

So in summation, is replay good for baseball?  Absolutely.  But for three years now people have been saying that they just need to figure it out.  It’s time to stop saying they need to figure it out and actually figure it out.

 

@WhatAKetchWCS