Honestly, there’s not much I can add to the discussion regarding Jim Joyce’s blown call. Every column and post I’ve seen has basically said “this is why baseball needs instant replay, Bud. Do the right thing.” That’s exactly how I feel, too. I will also say, however, that just as former players are often asked to do a job they can’t do in offering performance analysis, so too are umpires when making calls on things that the human eye is often incapable of accurately discerning. Although Joyce’s call was particularly egregious, significant culpability lies with the people in charge, the people who put umpires in such a difficult position when a seriously challenging call occurs. If Bud Selig is smart (or merely alive), he will recognize that there is absolutely no downside to instituting instant replay. It will not slow the game down. It will not drive away the purists. It will restore some measure of legitimacy to the umpires. It will make the fans happy. It will make the umpires happy. Everyone wins. It’s time.
It’s Time, Selig