After several controversial calls last year, it has been made a priority to instill some kind of instant replay to Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly the replays that we want.
After a runner was called safe at first base in a game that ruined a perfect performance for Armando Galarraga, and after an extremely questionable infield fly call in the Braves/Cardinals Wildcard Playoff, those are the types of plays we want to see reviewed. The MLB is only talking about reviewing fair/foul balls and trap/catch calls. Ok…I’ll take something over nothing. But even instant replay for those plays won’t be ready for the 2013 season.
After instant replay was all but promised to be implemented by this season, Commissioner Bud Selig can’t really guarantee it anymore. The league still can’t decide on which technology to use. They’ve talked about the Hawk-Eye Animation technology used in tennis and Trackman radar in golf, but aren’t convinced they’ll work well for baseball.
Even if it isn’t the type of replays that are priority to most of us, at least it’s something. Hopefully we’ll get it by 2014.