Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MLB Umps May Begin Explaining Replay Decisions/Calls


You know how after every penalty in the NFL the referee’s go on the loudspeaker in the stadium and announce what the penalty was and who the penalty was on? Well that may begin happening in Major League Baseball as well, sort of. Instead of penalties the MLB umps may soon be announcing video review decisions with explanations if they and Major League Baseball executives get their way.

Currently MLB and the umpires are expected to discuss a plan where the crew chief wears a headset and microphone to explain replay rulings, although nothing has been agreed upon nor set in stone at the time of this writing.

Early discussions and indications seem to point towards the umpires wearing headsets during the All-Star Game in Miami during a dry run while they continue to do so during the second half of the MLB season and into the postseason.

I haven’t fully made up my mind on how I feel about this yet which leads me to believe that it’s one of those changes that don’t really affect the integrity of the game. Eventually I come to terms with and accept those so I don’t see why I wouldn’t with this new rule either. Stay tuned.


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