I used to think of myself as a baseball purist.
But the older I got, and the wiser I’ve become, I realize that it’s okay to add new things to the game.
The Wild Card playoff spots is a good example of a nice addition to Major League Baseball.
Some will still debate the merits of the designated hitter, even though it’s been used by the American League for decades now and isn’t going away.
When instant replay was first being talked about in baseball, I’ll be honest, I cringed.
I didn’t want to see the purity of the game, good calls or bad, be tampered with by video review.
But after seeing it used on disputed home runs calls, coupled with last night’s reversal of a blown call at 2nd base in the 1st inning of Game 1 of the World Series, I’m ready for more instant replay in the majors.
Teams and their fans want every call to be right, and video review can offer that, starting next season when plays like last night’s blown call will fall under the umbrella of instant replay.
Would you rather the umps look at a replay and get it right, or would you rather watch both managers argue their point with the umpires until their blue in the face?
The argument that replay will slow baseball down isn’t valid, given the amount of time wasted by bickering managers.