Jerry Meals' Blown Call: MLB Needs More Instant Replay and Less Human Element

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Jerry Meals' Blown Call: MLB Needs More Instant Replay and Less Human Element
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Last night's marathon MLB game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves unfortunately has made Jerry Meals the latest sacrificial umpire. There is no reason a 19-inning game should ever end because of a blown call that could have been corrected.

There is a pink elephant with large glasses and polka dots on in the middle of Bud Selig's office. That elephant is expanded instant replay.

The technology already exists and just needs to be implemented. What is the point of having players and fans endure over six hours of baseball for the ending to be so amateur? The "human element" argument has been proven inadequate.

In a social media and Internet world that we live in, whether or not the league institutes replay, the officials will continue to suffer ridicule from fans, managers and players for human errors that could have been corrected.

It is time Bud Selig provides his officials with the tools necessary to do their job correctly, efficiently and remove the unnecessary scrutiny from their jobs.

 

Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.

You can follow him on Twitter @JWilburg

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