Challenges Are The Way To Go With Expanded Replay

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In case you missed it, last night’s Pirates-Braves game ended on a controversial call by umpire Jerry Meals in which Julio Lugo was deemed safe when—by all angles—he appeared out.

You can see the clips and different angles below.

It was a horrible gaffe, but to suggest any malfeasance on the part of Meals is nonsense. Much like the reactionary idiocy surrounding Jim Joyce’s courageous (and wrong) call on the final out of Armando Galarraga‘s imperfect-perfect game, it was a mistake pure and simple.

Even the worst umpires don’t make it to the big league level with any essence of possible chicanery in their history. In short, Meals didn’t say Lugo was safe because it was the 19th inning and he wanted to leave. Like Joyce, the easier thing for Meals to do would’ve been to call the runner out.

As for the resurgence of demands for expanded instant replay, here’s my solution: the managers get one challenge per game. Independent of what’s already in place for reviewable calls for home runs, one challenge to be used at any time for the managers to protest.

That’s it.

No more than one.

Expanding replay to the degree that some are suggesting would take far too much time and—much like governmental intervention into too many aspects of our lives—where does it end?

One challenge. If Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had such an option, he could’ve used it in last night’s game. He didn’t, so now MLB is dealing with this debate again.

This is the simplest and most logical solution.


One thought on “Challenges Are The Way To Go With Expanded Replay

  1. My biggest problem with Meals was that he made multiple awful ball/strike calls the entire night and was highly arrogant about it. At least Joyce admitted his mistake, Meals basically sounded like “I guess it might have been wrong, but it’s my god given right to make whatever call I damn well feel like” without using those exact words. He had already tossed a couple of Braves over blown calls and was just generally a clown in both his calls and demeanor. He’s definitely one of those umps who feels like he’s part of what the fans pay to see, his dramatic flair and personality.

    I agree that he probably didn’t miss the call on purpose, but it was just an awful call, if he blows that call, he’s just probably not a good umpire, which was confirmed throughout the course of the game, unlike Joyce, who is usually considered a very good umpire.

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