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There have been plenty of situations during baseball games this season where expanded instant replay would’ve been very helpful.A few examples include a ridiculous call in a Colorado Rockies-Los Angeles Dodgers game on May 2 (pictured) as well as a strange Mike Aviles at bat during a Boston Red Sox-Detroit Tigers game earlier this week that everyone was freaking out about.
Luckily, a report surfaced just a few days ago that widespread instant replay is on its way.
But the question still remains, why has it taken baseball this long to get with the times?
Apart from the fact that this is Major League Baseball, a.k.a. a slow moving organisation run by good ole boys who like the way things are, the cost of expanding replay is a major reason why things haven’t changed much lately.
From Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports (via Hardball Talk, emphasis ours):
Much of Selig’s reticence has to do with his romantic attachment to old-time baseball – which, you know, didn’t have one wild card (or two), an All-Star game that “counted” and interleague play. There’s the financial factor, too. A football source said the NFL spends about $4 million a year on instant replay. With almost 10 times as many games, new equipment and a fifth umpire with each crew to monitor the replay booth, MLB’s annual costs could go well into eight figures.
The “old-time baseball” part of it is utter nonsense, but this is Bud Selig we’re talking about.
As for the financial burden such expansion would lead to, it’s simply the cost of getting things right.
Get with the program.
It’s not like MLB doesn’t have the money. It is practically drowning in cash right now!
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