His article yesterday, in addition to the usual "around the league rumblings" about potential free agents and stuff, had his list of ways to EXPAND the use of IR. I know many of you (yes, looking squarely at you, Ron!) already find the use of IR as anathema. So cover your eyes if you already hate IR:
So what other ways could replay (or other technological gizmos) be applied? Here's our list:To be fair, he suggests the use of one "challenge" on a safe/out calls per game. He notes that the managers would likely not waste those challenges early in games, only late when the game's on the line. I'm not in favor of this idea, but I will reserve the right to keep an open mind.
1. Fair or foul.
2. Trap or catch.
3. Correctly positioning runners after fan interference or an overturned call, and …
4. Sorry to be sacrilegious, but (gasp) even for selected out-safe calls on the bases.
To conclude, Stark noted Selig's thoughts on the subject, relayed via an unnamed "official" (emphasis mine):
But will they view it that way? Not likely. So convincing the commish and the umpires to point the cameras at those out-safe calls is going to take time. We know that.
"Bud is not there yet," said an official of one club who has spoken with Selig. "But most clubs think this is just the beginning. Bud's feeling is, 'Let's go slow and start from there. We can't ask the umpires to accept it all too fast.' But I bet, in the next bargaining agreement [with the umpires], this will be a big issue."