No one who knows me will be surprised that my first blog post will be about baseball.
Last night’s call by Jim Joyce denying Armando Galarraga a perfect game is yet the most recent example of the need for baseball to adapt to the modern era and accept the use of technology in assisting umpires who make tough, close calls. In this case, there is no disputing that Joyce made a horrible call. He admits he blew it. The replay is clear.
Now it is time for the Commissioner to demonstrate leadership and move baseball forward.
Holding fast to past practice is not the same as holding on to tradition. I hope that Commissioner Selig is able to distinguish between the two. Baseball tradition was honored by the way that Armando Galarraga has accepted the decision of the umpire and the rules under which the game is played. He is a class act. Baseball tradition was honored by the way that Jim Joyce accepted that he is human and acknowledged his mistake. Baseball is bigger than the egos of either one.
Now it is time for the Commissioner to get over his misconceived notions of clinging to the past and accept that baseball should be able to adjust to the times and use technology to review calls like the one last night at first base. No fan would object to the delay and no player or umpire would object to the review. Indeed, in a case like last night the focus would be on getting it right.
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