SAN FRANCISCO — We have a little time before the Braves attempt to break out offensively against the San Francisco Giants tonight — can they get three hits? — so let’s address the issue that seems to be burning up blogs and message boards: instant replay.
It’s crazy that baseball doesn’t use it to a greater degree. I addressed this in two blogs back in June when Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga got jobbed out of a perfect game because umpire Jim Joyce blew an obvious call at first base (which he later admitted).
Here’s the blog on commissioner (still!) Bud Selig’s illogical decision to not overturn the call, which would not have affected the outcome of the game and would’ve righted a wrong.
Back to the Braves. Yes, the Giants’ Buster Posey should’ve been called out on a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning of Game 1, and he eventually scored what would be the game’s lone run. But please, no more whining about how the Braves got robbed.
Second baseman Brooks Conrad didn’t argue the call. Manager Bobby Cox didn’t come out to argue (and he argues everything). Cox explained later: “From the dugout, you can’t see anything and I didn’t see a reaction from our infielders.” And after the Braves lost 1-0, it would have been easy for players to point to that play and complain, but to their credit they didn’t.
Actually, the one amusing thing to come out of the latest ReplayGate was the 180 pulled by Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy had been quoted in an ESPN.com story last month about how he was in favor of baseball expanding its use of replay. Quoting: “I just want to get it right. It’s OK to lose a game if the other team beats you. But if you lose a game because a call goes against you, it’s hard to sleep at night.”
So what did Bochy say after the game Thursday night, given replay would’ve gone against his team? This: “In certain cases, [yes]. But no, plays like this, no, I’m not. You keep the game moving. But I talked about balls maybe down the line, maybe a play at the plate. But, no, you start to slow the game down when you start reviewing every play.”
So what are your thoughts on replay use? I’ve put up a poll, but, as always, the floor is yours.