As I am sure that you know, the 2014 MLB season allows for replay to be used to review questionable calls by the field umpires.
I won't bore you with all of the rules, they can be found by clicking here, but I will tell you that we have already had controversy.
To completely understand how replay came to be, we should explore the path that brought us here, and that path begins in 1987.
1987 was an incredible year. President Reagan told Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear down that wall!", AZT was approved by the FDA for use in the treatment oh AIDS/HIV, Michael Jackson released the album Bad, and The Simpson's first appeared on television as a short during the Tracy Ullman Show.
The world mourned the following people in 1987; Andy Warhol, Danny Kaye, Woody Hayes, Liberace, Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Jackie Gleason, and Lee Marvin, and.....these people were born; Ke$ha, Ellen Page, Bow Wow, Joss Stone, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Justin Upton, Hilary Duff, Zac Efron, Colin Kaepernick, and Snooki.
Everyone set out to Walk Like an Egyptian on their way to see The Oscar winning film, The Last Emperor and the Giants (NFL), the Twins, the Oilers (NHL), the Lakers, Hoosiers, Hurricanes, Mike Tyson, and Sugar Ray Leonard were all Champs.
Michael Jordan was still three years away from winning an NBA championship, in the NHL there were North Stars, Whalers and Nordiques, over in the NFL these teams existed; Houston Oilers, LA Rams, and St. Louis Cardinals, and the number one overall picks in each draft were as follows; Vinny Testaverde, Pierre Turgeon, Ken Griffey Jr. and David Robinson.
But the number one life changer/deal breaker in 1987 came from Hollywood.
Arnie Schmidt scraped together $13M (or roughly what Clayton Kershaw pays for a haircut) and made a movie called Robocop. This sci-fi thriller about a Detroit Cop who gets shot and is brought back to life as a half man, half robot cop, captivated the attention of Americans everywhere. (There were 2 sequels, video games, and a remake).
This concept was not so outlandish because just three years earlier we watched as Arnold Schwarzenegger come back to the present after a war broke out between humans and machines as an 800 series Terminator, and we all certainly remember that the six-million dollar man was part machine making him faster, stronger, and better. (six million, wow, that's a coffee table at Albert Pujols' house)
So instant replay in baseball is just another step in the direction of machines taking over the world. We will soon see automatic strike zones, laser pointed fair and foul calls, automated cleaning of the plate, the whole nine yards, and it will suck.
This is not new folks, back in the 1960's Major League Baseball actually experimented with robot umpires as proven by historycomestolife on You Tube. Watch now!
The plain and simple truth is that the human element is one of the most endearing parts of baseball. The umpire turns his back to the field to clean the plate so that he doesn't put is rump in display of the paid attendance, the catcher learns to "frame pitches" making balls look like strikes, phantom tags, traps, balks and appeals are all part of the storied history of the game. If they all go away, what will we have to argue about.
As of Sunday April 13th there have been 84 plays challenged with 28 of them overturned and still at least 3 blown after review. This system makes the games last longer which in turn makes them harder to attract the casual fans, and it the delays significantly impact the flow of the game.
Take a look at this video, for if we continue to progress at this rate, you will never see anything like this again.
So ask yourself this very telling question, is it a coincidence that Robocop was remade and released in 2014? The same year that MLB approved replay. HMMMMMMM!
The only redeeming part of instant replay in baseball is that we can finally see replays on the jumbo-tron. Nuff said!
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