This past postseason's umpiring led to a renewed debate of whether major league baseball should implement video replay. Baseball is known for its tradition and resistance to change. So what does baseball do? The issues involved are clear: umpires believe their authority would be threatened and do not like being second-guessed, MLB and the television networks want there to be a flow to the game, all the while teams, players, and fans want the right call to be made. There is a simple solution to this problem that would appease all of the involved parties. I would implement video replay and have it run by a fifth umpire. MLB will not go the way of the mysterious hockey replay guy or the retired official taking a day off from golf like college football uses. The process is simple. Say a third ...
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