Instant replay is great. It sure does make hockey exciting to see if a player was in the crease or not, and it can definitely put football fans on the edge of their seats. But instant replay in baseball? No thank you. It’s great for fans watching on TV, it’s great for those awesome moments that look good in slow motion, but to halt the game just to see if a ball was fair or foul on a home run is ridiculous.

Instant replay is great.


It sure does make hockey exciting to see if a player was in the crease or not, and it can definitely put football fans on the edge of their seats.


But instant replay in baseball? No thank you.


It’s great for fans watching on TV, it’s great for those awesome moments that look good in slow motion, but to halt the game just to see if a ball was fair or foul on a home run is ridiculous. Baseball went along just fine without instant replay for centuries, and I don’t see why it has to be such a big deal now. Just because other sports use it doesn’t mean baseball should.


Maybe it’s because in the world of baseball I’m a registered member of the GOP. Nothing beats tradition and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Just because there were controversial calls one season doesn’t mean MLB officials should act and enforce instant replay right away like they have. A quick meeting of umpires to have a quick discussion on a controversial call was a happy medium, but I guess that wasn’t good enough for the peer pressure of the sports world to handle.


Truthfully, the problem is not having umpires in the outfield.


If they’re good enough to be in those positions in the postseason, then they’re good enough to be there in the regular season too.


There’s no need for instant replay, there is, however, a need for two extra umpires on the field. It keeps the game traditional by not letting in all this technology that can slow the game down, and it gives more validation to close calls when it comes to home runs.


Like I’ve said before, I’m old school, but there are a few things that I’ll take exception to – like first and third base coaches wearing helmets or regulations of what type of wood bats are made out of.


But I don’t really think I’ll ever take full exception to instant replay. Just doesn’t seem right.


Perhaps if I was more liberal when it comes to baseball, or if this great game of ours wasn’t this timeless American tradition.


Oh, well, like all the other fans, I’ll just accept it and go along with it. After all, no matter how many changes there are to baseball, the game always just the same – great.


Dominic Genetti writes for the Hannibal Courier-Post.