3 comments to KYMN’s Video pick of the Day | A Travesty for baseball, wrecking a perfect game
While this wrong call is unfortunate for everyone involved, there’s a case to be made that, of the 20 previous perfect games in MLB history, some of them were probably aided by wrong calls that went in a pitcher’s favor. That’s an equal travesty: an imperfect perfect game.
Plus, I would hate to think that any umpire might make a call in the late innings of a possible perfect game that is influenced by the desire to not want to “ruin” the perfect game.
Great points Brendon! I’m torn on whether to have instant reply in more cases than just home runs down the lines. Maybe 9th inning calls, or allow the home plate umpire to overrule? Just thinking outloud.
I think, perhaps, MLB could try a “one replay” system. Each team manager gets one replay that they can call for in each game. That’s it. Teams couldn’t abuse the privilege then, and it wouldn’t add much running time to the length of games, if any.
People who know baseball, and who are honest about human nature, know that sometimes a bad call hurts you, and sometimes it helps you. Almost every game has calls that could go either way, particularly at first base.
And let’s not forget the odd nature of the strike zone and what pitches get called strikes and balls. Even the best umps in the game miss several of those per game. Again, that’s the nature of the game, and, over time, such calls probably balance out across teams.