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Thursday, June 07, 2007
Arguing a call in baseball is pointless...

I've been watching baseball the better part of my life. I've seen hundreds of managers come out of the dugout and argue with the umpire after a perceived bad call. Usually the manager says something he shouldn't, and ends up getting thrown out of the game. But EVERY time the argument ends the same. The umpire NEVER changes the call. EVER. The first recorded argument in baseball history was 1846. 161 years later, and tens of thousands of arguments later, umpires still win 100% of the time. It is entirely pointless for a player or manager or anyone for that matter to argue a call with the ump. They're like a dictator. Whatever they say, goes.

Think about it, have you ever seen the umps gather together to even discuss the call after a manager comes out and argues it? Nope. It just doesn't happen in baseball. I think Major League Baseball should consider having some sort of instant replay system like the NFL. Perhaps allowing 2 "challenges" a game. And don't come at me with your "integrity of the game" nonsense. We've evolved. We have technology that can help aid close calls and the like, and it's time baseball embraced it.

So in the meantime, I'd appreciate it if managers just yelled a few slurs from the dugout and stopped slowing down an already slow sport.
posted by Ricky @ 11:26 AM  
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