Umpire Bots at the Bottom of the Slippery Slope

I’m somewhat of a baseball purist.  I like the game the way it is.  I’m not a huge fan of instant replay to review questionable home runs, but I’m ok with it.  I don’t believe, however, that instant replay should be expanded to other calls.  If any close call could be reviewed, games would go on for 4 hours or more.   I suppose baseball could go the route of football and permit each manager to challenge 2 calls a game or something.  But I think expanding instant replay creates a slippery slope.  This could lead to the eventual replacement of umpires.  Computerized cameras could be installed strategically to capture every angle and be programmed to make instant calls.   For the purist, baseball could put an umpire bot with laser beam eyes behind home plate to call balls and strikes.

I’m glad the “near” perfect game pitched by Armanda Galarraga will go down as just that – a near perfect game.  Reversing or adjusting calls after the fact is just too meddlesome.  So the ump blew the call, but Bud Selig did not.  He made the right decision not to reverse the blown call.  Umps are human, not perfect.  If we need perfection, MLB should just replace all umps with machines.  If we begin to review, reverse and revise history, the game will lose it’s appeal, it’s character and charm.

Baseball is a great game.  It’s our nation’s pastime.  Leave it alone.

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