Challenge Flags in Baseball May Be the Worst Idea Ever

Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make a final ruling.

A manager who sees a call he feels is incorrect can file a challenge with the crew chief or home plate umpire. Only reviewable plays can be challenged. Non-reviewable plays can still be argued by managers, who can request that the umpires discuss it to see if another member of the crew saw the play differently. Reviewable plays cannot be argued by the manager.

This is a terrible, terrible idea for the game of baseball. Lets face it, Baseball is already to slow and can get boring at times. And now we are adding another variable that can slow the game down even more? Come on now. Keep the review system that is in play now going, which is reviewing home run calls. I’m okay with that, I think they should be reviewing big plays like that because they can drastically alter the game. But now we are going to have challenges on weather or not someone outran a throw to first base? Horrible. Most of the times the Umps get these calls right (exception of Jim Joyce) and the 5% of the time they get it wrong is not that big of a deal to me. I’d rather have them blow a few calls here and there then extend the game by another 35 minutes, but hey, that’s just me.

Also now we are no longer going to see classic Coach vs. Ump arguments. No more Phil Wellman like meltdowns. I don’t know about you but I love when I see coaches get like that. Truly taking away from America’s sport with this system.

This is not the thing that is going to save the game of Baseball, that is trending downwards already. Expect this trend to keep happening Bud Selig with this new system.


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