I feel so bad for that poor kid in Detroit. And all of baseball fandom was ripped off by not getting to witness history tonight, the 3rd perfect game in a single season. I have two questions about overturning the call. 1) Can't the Tigers protest the game and have it reviewed by the comissioner? If not 2) can't they do what Victor Rojas mentioned, change the ruling to E3 instead of a hit, and give the poor guy his perfect game?
Anyway, in light of Gallaraga's should-be perfect game. It's time for another discussion of the pros and cons of expanding instant replay in baseball. I, for one, am in favor of expanding it. I hate injustice in all its forms, and that is what a bad umpiring call is, in essence. I think the manager having one "red flag" to throw per game, similar to the NFL, makes a lot of sense. And I think it should be able to be used once for any type of play: chalk line, balls/strikes, trapped catch, caught stealing,,,because any play is potentially the game-changing play. It would add a whole new strategy to the game, as it does in football. The manager would have to gamble on whether to use the flag, or save it. Just imagine how awesome it would have been if a red flag got to be used at the end of that game tonight!
I usually hear two arguments against expanding instant replay that are not very convincing to me, and if you are someone who adheres to either of the following, I crave your explanation. 1) "It will take away the 'human element' of baseball." This I really don't get. In the world of athletics, aren't we always striving to become MORE excellent? Why are we hanging on to this idea that mistakes are part of the game? The rulings on the field should be as fair and accurate as possible. If we have the technology to make that even better, we need to use it. It's like refusing to add power stearing to a car because it's more "natural" to have to wrench your arms out of socket to stear. 2) "The game is already long enough." First of all, I disagree because I love baseball. The more I can watch, the better. Second, with a "red flag" rule, the manager only gets to dispute one call per game, so he must choose wisely. As it is now, a lot more time is wasted on the umpire and coach arguing disputed calls than there ever would be to review an instant replay. It would almost make the long, drawn out, dirt kicking arguments a thing of the past.
So, please respond. I really want to hear from those of you, if there really are any out there besides all the nastolgic ex-players-turned-broadcasters, who do not wish to see instant replay expanded. Also, if there are any unforeseen problems with the "red flag" idea, let's hear them.