Geovany Soto was the victim tonight of bad umpiring in Houston. He scored on an inside the park home run but replays showed that it was over the line on the wall. Coming off the bad call in the Bronx that robbed Carlos Delgado maybe instant replay isn’t such a bad idea.
I consider myself to be more of a baseball purist than a progressive. I dislike the designated hitter, dual admission double headers, and three plus hour games. But I do like the wild card and inter league games. I guess I need to open my mind to the possibility that instant replay could improve the game. It has in the National Football League.
It may be a case of umpiring going downhill. Certainly Balkin’ Bob Davidson has never been considered one of the league’s best umpires. He’s the one that messed up the call on Delgado’s home run by overruling Mike Reilly who had the call correct the first time.
Instant replay would eliminate the ambiguity on the field for such calls and make sure that it doesn’t cost a team a game, a playoff spot, or a World Series. It’s time to move forward for Major League Baseball once again.