The use of instant replay in baseball is a subject that creates mixed feelings among lovers of the game.
Purists want to leave the game the way it is. Let baseball police itself.
Others think all plays should be made eligible for replay with the Utopian goal of “getting them all right.”
The truth and proper method lies somewhere between the two polarized sides of this argument.
Baseball has been “policing itself” and many calls have been blown in recent years. Calls that have changed or ended perfect games, no-hitters, triple plays, World Series outcomes and many other monumental moments.
On the other hand, they will never get everything right.
This is not about bashing umpires, but about giving umpires the tools they need to do their job for the best of the game.
Following is a brief outline for how to make instant replay work correctly and still protect the best interests of the game as a whole.