Does MLB need to expand instant replay? - KMSP-TV

Does MLB need to expand instant replay?

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For years, in every sport, there has been a cry for instant replay to make sure the calls are right on the field. At the same time, there are many purists who say the calls by the refs and  umps -- the human aspect of sport -- are all part of the game.

Sunday night, a blatantly missed call in the Yankees-Tigers game is leading to more people saying we need a wider use of instant replay in Major League Baseball.

There are close plays in all sports -- and these plays happen so quickly -- but Sunday night, the call was BAD.

Here's what happened: The Tigers' Omar Infante advanced from first to second on Austin Jackson's two-out single to right but overran the base. Nick Swisher threw to second to catch Infante, and Robinson Cano tagged him before he could get back to the bag.

Second base umpire Jeff Nelson, however, incorrectly called Infante safe, keeping the inning alive for the Tigers, who then scored two runs to make it 3-0. After seeing the replay, Nelson admitted after the game that it was the wrong call.

"I had the tag late and the hand going into the bag before the tag on the chest," Nelson said. "The hand did not get in before the tag. The call was incorrect."

Baseball instituted video review late in the 2008 season, but it is used only to determine whether potential home runs have gone over the fence or are fair.

Yankees Manager Joe Girardi was ejected during the game and, after the game, called for using instant replay in more situations.

"In this day and age when we have instant replay available to us, it's got to change," Girardi said after the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 3-0, at Yankee Stadium and fell behind two games to none in the best-of-seven series. "We play 235 days to get to this point and two calls go against us."

So, is something MLB is seriously looking at and will talk about this winter, or is this just something fans, players and managers will have to live with for now?

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