"The umps union would go nuts."
they have a reasonable review process right now, it's not ideal, but it will take time for MLB to allow technology to decide or influence a game.
the purists would stroke out if "cyclops" made a call.
they should do what rugby does, go straight to an extra official for a decision, not drag 3 of the umps off the field.
I don't want balls and strikes reviewed, plays at the plate and disputed home runs would be enough for me.
But seeing three fat dopes trudge off is a waste of time, make a phone call and get the decision quickly.
This has been a trend for a few years now. No one knew who the Umpires were but NOW, you can name every one better than you can name some of the players...
The Umpires have NO ONE to be accountable to and they want to be part of the outcome of the game, and until someone at MLB has the BALLS to step forward and put a stop to it, it will be status-qo every game...
Oh for sure man. I'm just saying something electronic that is binary. It either crossed the plane, or it didn't. If it worked as a unit where it required the plane to be broken from more than one angle, then fine. That can't be that hard to rig up.
Just seems like so many calls are "wow - that was....REALLY off" type calls. It's like Bobby V (who I can't stand but he was right) said. You're asking a human to do something that's beyond their capability, so maybe a human shouldn't be doing it.
The most glaring example of this was of course the perfect game by Galarraga being blown due to the bad call. The review could have let Joyce off the hook too.
As long as you have umps you'll have blown calls. You just can't remove umps from the game - that's how it's part of the game.
One thing that people that want to see machines call balls and strikes never take into account is how would a machine monitor foul tips, check swings, etc??
Just something to think about....
Honestly I'm one of them (for balls and strikes). You can still have umps for the rest. I'd like to see limited reviews though, as discussed earlier.
I don't think you can remove on-field umps. They are a necessary part of the game.
...and yes, the calls do even out as the system stands.