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I have heard many discussions on umpiring and technology over the past two years, including both the pros and the cons of expanding replay.
However, most in the game recognise that the human element always will be part of baseball and instant replay can never replace all judgment calls by umpires. Obviously, a play like this is going to spark a lot of conversation, and we will continue to consider all viewpoints in our ongoing discussions regarding officiating in baseball.
But the play he’s referring to — Jerry Meals’ blown home-plate call in last week’s Braves-Pirates game — was not a judgment call at all.
On a play at home, either the catcher tags the runner before he touches the plate, or the runner touches the plate before he gets tagged. It’s mechanical, unambiguous, and, frankly, a reasonable area where the MLB could expand its use of replay.
Torre also opposed replay when he was a manager.
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