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Instant replay in baseball

Posted at 9:26 AM on June 21, 2005 by Ben Tesch (7 Comments)

Skip Bayless of ESPN.com says that baseball was made for replay:

Now, rarely does a night pass when we don't see at least one lowlight of a highlight a "you're blind, ump!" call. The Phillies' Mike Lieberthal was awarded a home run that even he later admitted didn't clear the fence. Replay! The Cardinals' Albert Pujols leaned into the stands to snag a foul pop after it clearly ricocheted off a Cardinals official sitting in a box seat. Replay!

I'm more of a perfectionist than a purist. Yet what could be purer than trying to get every call right?

What do you think of adding instant replay to baseball? Are you on the all-or-nothing side with Skip and Tex Schramm, or would you compromise on a "just in the ninth or extra innings" rule?

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All Star musing

Posted at 12:52 PM on June 21, 2005 by Bob Collins (3 Comments)

I consider myself a pretty smart baseball fan, but as I wrote a few weeks ago, even with my considerable interest and such things as APBA draft teams and fantasy baseball to encourage me to look beyond my own parochial interests (the Indians, Twins and Red Sox primarily, and the American League generally), I needed my parochial interests playing teams with which I still wasn't familiar in order to expose me to new things.

Apparently I'm one of the few.

The latest votes for the American League All Star team reveal a startling geographic concentration.

Now maybe there just aren't good players outside of the Northeast, or maybe it's impossible to overcome the media hype of all things New York and Boston. I don't know, I haven't looked at the individual performances enough and I've never been a big fan of the "Joe Blow got screwed in the All Star voting" debates.

But it's pretty clear the White Sox aren't going to put anybody in the starting lineup. And that's OK with me since they're doing it primarily with pitching and, thank God, the fans don't get to pick the pitchers.

Still, the current results list votes for 45 players. Soriano, Suzuki, and Texiera are the only non-Eastern Division players with a prayer of starting. And most non-Eastern votes go to Angels, Rangers and White Sox players.

I find the number of votes for Jason Giambi particularly interesting. Either the New York fans are stuffing things, or fans everywhere else are trying to stuff the thing for the sheer joy of seeing some steroid carcas being introduced at the All Star game.

Now look at the National League voting. Leaders are from the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Mets. And the Cubs (D. Lee)have a shot at a starter. A little more geographically balanced.

The fact that Doug Mienkiewicz -- who just flat out stinks, and don't bother wasting my time telling me about his defense -- is #3 in balloting for firstbase may tell us something about the talent level at firstbase in baseball these days, or that the methamphetimine epidemic has hit New York big.

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