For years baseball has gotten a bad rap for being too slow. Personally, I love the fact that the sport is inherently strategic-based, a methodical process played out over nine innings, or if you’re the Arizona Diamondbacks, more like 13 or 14 innings.
But those same critics have also been up in arms for how the game is being umpired, as well.
So finally Bud Selig and Co. are responding.
This past week, Major League Baseball proposed to allow each manager one challenge between the first and six innings, and two more over the remainder of a contest — with all calls being reviewed back at headquarters in New York City.
While the proposal still needs to be voted on by the owners, the MLBPA and the umpires union come November, the MLB deserves to be lauded for being receptive to expanded replay.
To those who will probably use this as another reason to throw their hands up in disgust, it’s time to be quiet. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
I’d prefer a league that respects the integrity of its product over one that caters to a fan base of people who want their sporting events to fit conveniently within a two-hour time frame.
It’s not the perfect upgrade and there will still be bumps in the road I’m sure, but if this latest proposed measure prevents Jim Joyce, Angel Hernandez and Jerry Meals from becoming the story, that’s a great thing.