Replay in MLB?

Baseball is considering joining the four other major sports in adopting instant replay for controversial calls. If baseball decides to give instant replay a try, it will be first used in the Arizona Fall League following this MLB season. Then, if it works, it will be used in the World Baseball Classic and Spring Training, and ultimately, in MLB games.

Initially, instant replay would only be used to determine if home run balls leave the park. This is as far as I want to see any instant replay in baseball go. I never thought I would support instant replay for MLB, but the recent string of botched home run calls is getting old. The umpires are not in good position to determine whether a homer is fair or foul, and the increasingly confusing boundaries in stadiums are hindering umpires’ judgment, so tasking replay with this responsibility is understandable. But this is where the line should be drawn. Every other call can be made by an umpire on the field. Balls and strikes and safe or out need to remain in the hands of the umpire crew.

Source: Baseball may try replay in Arizona Fall League (

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