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MCLAUGHLIN: Raging Question Of Replay

Dan McLaughlin
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After last night’s 2-1 win for the Cardinals over the Marlins, let the debate begin….again, again, and again. Should there be instant replay on all plays in which a replay could help get a call right in Major League Baseball? The play in question last night was in the beginning of the first inning. It was a line drive that seemed to be caught by the Marlins’ Mike Stanton but, was ruled a single for Rafael Furcal. By all accounts, it looked fairly clear that there was indeed a catch on replays. You know the rest, Albert Pujols then launched a 2-run homer that scored Furcal to give the Cardinals a lead and they won the game 2-1. It’s the kind of play that can have implications not just for the game that was won by the Cardinals but, then you have to think about a pennant race and how the game may turn out if the play is overturned.

I like instant replay when the games grow in significance. Sorry, I just had a flash back to 1985 in Kansas City. I can see using the replays in the post-season but, then at what point does the human element become a part of the game? That will always be the raging question. Obviously, technology has gotten to the point, in which, instant replay could overturn a call and make a difference in a game but, the human element is gone. Call me old-fashioned…I still like the human element of the game.

Finally, the issue with replay is the amount of time that is spent reviewing plays. For instance, last night saw a total of 3 runs and yet, it took nearly 3½ hours. For most fans, they want to see the game speed up and not slow down. It’s a fascinating debate but, I’m just not sure where the proper answer lies. Last night, it just happened to work out for the Cardinals.

Dan McLaughlin can be heard week nights on The Sports Hub from 9pm-12am on “America’s Sports Voice”

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