Instant Replay in Baseball Might Prove Helpful

Charles E. Sutton | 7/16/2012, 7:29 p.m.

When you look at the quality of umpiring in Major League Baseball today, it's difficult to say whether umpires are worse now than before, but they look worse than ever. TV cameras seem to be a bigger problem for baseball than the umpires themselves.

With several camera angles working together with technology, every missed call becomes magnified to the extent that the umpire appears inept.

The solution to this growing problem is contained within the problem itself. The technology that reveals the umpires' shortcomings could also lessen the scrutiny they come under. The replays fans use to label the umpires incompetent could be used to correct bad calls as they occur.

However, it's more complicated than that. Currently, instant replay is only utilized to determine whether a ball was a home run or not. MLB has decided to broaden the use of instant replay. But it's still undecided regarding how, when and to what extent instant replay will be used.

"I don't know why we want everything to be perfect," MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre said. "Because this just isn't a perfect game."

Many baseball fans feel that human error is an essential element of baseball. According to Commissioner Bud Selig, the expansion of instant replay won't take place until 2013. "The appetite for more replay in the sport is very low," Selig said.

The league is still looking for the right type of technology which has caused the delay in implementing any changes.

Those who run baseball seem resistant to wholesale changes. There are some solutions that seem quite simple. Such as, placing a fifth umpire in a booth at the stadium, and allowing him to see what any fan watching at home can see and make appropriate changes.