ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The beginning of the new season begins a new era for Major League Baseball—the era of expanded instant replay.
If there’s a close call during a Cardinals game this season, instead of running onto the field and arguing with the umpire, Manager Mike Matheny will simply be able to ask him to check the replay.
Plays can now be reviewed in the “Replay Command Center” in New York. Under the new expanded system, Matheny will be able to ask once, and if the call is overturned, he’ll get a second appeal. The umpire crew chief can also request a review.
Retired Major League umpire Dave Phillips likes the new rules, and believes that having calls subject to review will serve to re-enforce the basic rules of umpiring.
He thinks it’s a positive step, and says most of the current umpires agree.
“Most of the time, we are right at what we do,” he says. “We do a good job at doing what we do because we do it every day, game after game, year after year. If you’re not very good at it, then you don’t get very far in the profession.”
Phillips says that with limits on the number of appeals and what can be reviewed, it will reduce the number of arguments and therefore actually speed up the game.
He says he bets Don Dekinger wishes the system had been in place in 1985.
“If they had been able to turn that over at the time, it would have been an embarrassment just for the moment, not for 35 years,” he says.
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