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Rays learning to game baseball's replay system

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LongTimeListener, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


    Runners continue to run after the third out, because they'll get the extra base if the replay (at another base, of course) comes back on their side. Fielders continue to field after the third out, because if they lose the out on a challenge, they can point to the guy they tagged at the other base once the play was over-but-not-over.

    Or as pitcher Alex Cobb put it: "If you need to make four outs sometimes, make four outs just to cover all the bases."

    ... Third baseman Evan Longoria said it makes sense to take that approach, to find out what can work to their advantage. He, too, has been talking to umpires about how they will decide things such as placing runners, which is the key to the extra-out play. His sense is that umps don't have a specific spot between bases to determine whether to award an extra base but more on how they "feel" the sequence would have played out.

    I am really starting to think replay will create far more problems than it solves.
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Yet another LTL thread bemoaning what is wrong with our beloved game!
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Professional athletes looking for an edge? Nah, that never happens.

    And, yes, replay will create more problems than it fixes.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    The ghostrunner always takes third ...

    Yeah, this could get very weird.
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    In theory, replay would allow the umps to reset the play based on video evidence. In theory.
  6. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member

    I remember a game last season between Oakland and San Francisco where a fan interfered with the ball - the point he was ejected - and the umpires watched replay for about five minutes and ruled in favor of the runner - who was only able to score because the fan interfered.

    It's one thing to not see it. It's another entirely to get it wrong after replay
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Or you can be Angel Hernandez, who will rule how the fuck he wants with or without replay.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I hadn't even considered the glorious - and highly likely - possibility of fuckwits like Angel & C.B. Bucknor using replay and still fucking the call up.
  9. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member

    Oh, it's been done. Look up Angel Hernandez' move in the Cleveland Oakland game last season
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