I find it fascinating that MLB claims they want to speed up the games that now average 3+ hours but at the same time have added Instant Replay ..... to supposedly get umpire calls correct. Not only does this not shorten games but it sometimes has been a complete joke. The latest replay joke was last night in the Nationals and Cubs game pivotable loser-go-home contest.
Here is what took place on the controversial non-call involving the Cubs Javier Baez and the Nationals catcher Matt Wieters. Baez missed a pitch that then got away from Wieters, and two Cubs runs crossed home plate in the process. But here is the problem: Baez hit Wieters in the mask with his swing. At that point, it’s a dead ball and those two runs do not score. That has been a rule for DECADES, all the way from Little League to the Pro's. Amazingly the entire umpiring crew missed what happened but that’s supposedly why there’s replay, so that situations such as this one can be ruled on properly.
Ah, but there lies the problem. MLB in their always questionable wisdom has decided this situation is one of those things that’s NOT reviewable. lmao. Don’t ask me why, as I cannot explain MLB’s stance that says some things can be reviewed and others cannot. This make no sense at all.
There’s a really simple solution to this problem. Make everything reviewable at the discretion of the crew chief. There’s no question had the play been reviewed, the contact with the mask would have been conclusively seen and the two runs don’t score.
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