For years, New York Mets manager Terry Collins did not like the concept of instant replay. That changed, and Collins has the opportunity to test the new instant replay system in today’s exhibition game with St. Louis at Port St. Lucie.
“For years and years I never did – I didn’t like the thought of it,’’ Collins told ESPN. “But the technology is so good now and so fast, you’ve got to use it. I mean, there’s too much money involved. One win all of a sudden can make a big difference.’’
Collins plans to have three starting pitchers watch the broadcast feed from the home clubhouse and use a walkie-talkie to notify bench coach Bob Geren on plays that could be challenged. Collins didn’t specify what format the Mets will use to challenge during the season.
Managers will get one challenge during the season. If they use and lose it prior to the seventh inning, they will lose the chance to challenge again. After the seventh, they can appeal the umpires to confer.
There are several flaws in the system, but one method that should be beneficial and fair to all.
In the National Football League, scoring plays and turnovers are automatically reviewed in the press box and reverses are wired to the officials on the field.
Since all games are televised, and because there have been numerous snafus already this spring resulting in delays, the solution appears obvious. Why not have an umpire or MLB official monitoring the game from the press box?
If there’s a close play, that official can immediately buzz the crew chief the play is under review. Then the results can immediately be transmitted down.
This way, there are no such things as challenges. The idea of losing a challenge because you failed on a previous one is absurd.
Taking the challenge from the manager will undoubtedly not hinder the pace of the game because it eliminates the first step of arguing and then challenging.
If the idea is to get the play correct and be fair, this is the best way.