Don’t let MLB repeat, just fix it – with these simple solutions
Here’s the problem with MLB’s current playback system: Too often, it doesn’t work.
Yes, it probably makes things too easy. Good news? Some repairs are easy!
Sunday night in Atlanta, Phillies runner Alec Bohm failed to touch the home dish on his ninth introductory slide. But they called safely on the field and allowed repeat officials to stop the call. The Phillies decided to win 7-6.
Last Thursday, Mets drummer Michael Conforto clearly stuck his elbow in the strike field and a pitch from right-hander Anthony Anthony of Miami picked up at the bottom of the ninth inning. The bases were loaded at the time, and HBP forced home the decision by beating the Mets 3-2.
In both cases, what really happened was pretty clear by taking a couple of glances at the repetition. In both cases, however, the wrong calls were allowed to be stopped.
“Why don’t you just flip that over?” Braves pitcher Drew Smyly, who started Sunday’s game against the Phillies, they told reporters. “It simply came to our notice then. I think everyone feels that way. There are five different angles. Obviously, he didn’t touch the plate. “
Travis d’Arnaud, the catcher who blocked the plate, agreed: “I don’t even want to do it anymore, actually,” he said. “It slows down the game. It took them five minutes to decide that and they were wrong for me. I’d rather not have it and get the game going. “
Respectfully, that is the wrong conclusion.
Here’s one thing: Reproduction, in theory, is good. The goal should be to have direct calls, right? And repetition, for the most part, does a great job of correcting missed calls on the field. Straight-flip games are like offensive liners in football – if you don’t hear about them, they’re doing a great job.
However, every time the playback fails, calls are made to get rid of it across the country, from players, writers and fans. I don’t understand that. Why would we want to go back to a time when we admit that there will be few missed calls per game, that there is no system for making good calls? Why isn’t the system fixed?
Yes, to d’Arnaud’s point, repeating a couple of times each game slows the action. But, folks, the problem with baseball games that last nearly four hours isn’t a delay or two of repetition (most are less than a minute). That’s a drop in the bucket.
In the Phillies-Braves game, I’m still not sure how the repeated officials failed to cancel the call-up on the field. Any objective look at the playback showed that Bohm had lost the plate, with his feet basically bouncing off the slide. But one of the biggest problems with repetition? For some reason, the call on the field carries weight.
From Athletic, An email from the Phillies-Braves crew supervisor: “After seeing all the corresponding angles, the Replay Official could not definitively determine the runners who did not touch the home plate before the field was labeled. CALL CAREFUL, the runner is safe.”
Here’s a solution: How could accepting referees on the field make a mistake and call on the New York repeat officials to discuss it, as opposed to what the referee on the field saw? Okay Dansby Swanson, the Atlanta race point.
“So if it’s something, it could be change.” Swanson told reporters, “They don’t know the call and they make the call based on what they see in the replay, not based on the pitch (what is called) on the pitch.”
This makes a lot of sense if your basic goal is to get the call right. And that 100 percent should be the goal.
Now, about Comfort’s situation: the three most heartbreaking words heard on a baseball broadcast “are not for review”. Not to let all the children go to you, but … “Why? Why? Why?”
Why not review it? And, “just because” is not an acceptable answer. Is it a concession of the referees to have control over what happens on the field, the last sentence?
Sorry, not good enough.
If the goal is to get all the calls right – and if not, what are we doing? – Here is a list of things to review:
Playback, as it is currently set up, allows people in New York to check whether an batter has hit the field. That’s good. They did well. The comfort field was grazed. Well, the armor of the elbow was skinny.
But reproduction officials cannot judge by rules whether they believe Conforto has deliberately bowed to the field. That doesn’t make sense.
Kulpa, as with any home referee, has to take care of a lot of things, but his priority should be to determine if a pitch on the field crosses the strike field. It’s a tremendous job that takes a lot of attention. Not to mention that the referee is behind the batter, which may be the worst point of view that can be as light as ever at the foot of Confort’s torso, which is directed from the front arm, which is farthest from the child.
But looking at the game from the mound to the plate, it was clear that Comfort not only made an attempt to avoid the pitch, but also bowed to the pitch.
Everyone who watched the live broadcast saw what Comfort had done. And from that point of view everyone who saw even a single repetition saw the crookedness of Comfort.
But wasn’t it worth reviewing? That’s a joke.
Oh, and here’s another thing. As a general rule, any pitch that strikes a blow on the strike field must be called immediately to the dead ball. As a rule, It does not matter if the referee thinks that the egg has not made an attempt to avoid the field or has bent over the field..
Read it again. Here’s referee Ted Barrett, if you don’t believe me.
Apparently, that too cannot be reviewed. Once again, during the playback we all saw the pitch on the pitch and we all saw the small dot in the K-Zone scheme.
So Kupla was wrong about two things on that pitch. First, the pitch had to call a strike and the play had to be dead. If he thought the pitch was the ball (he would be wrong), Comfort would have to decide not to try to avoid the pitch because he didn’t. He had to have a dead ball.
He missed both of those calls, and Marlin had no choice, as the rules say these things can’t be reviewed. That’s not good enough. The rules need to change. The goal is to “make the call well, no matter what.”
So yes. It’s been a bad week to repeat in baseball. But a perfect reproduction system can be fixed. Two starting points: Make it a way to review everything, and let New York repeat officers call you, no matter what the call.
Oh, and while we’re asking for things, how about a little account? Guilt, fortunately, admitted his mistakes when a pool reporter asked him questions. New York replay officials must adhere to the same standard, something more than a statement received via email after the game is over.
The system is faulty, but some of the fixes are pretty obvious.