There's been a lot of talk lately about instant replay in baseball thanks to the bad call that cost a pitcher a perfect game earlier this week. But I wonder if Major League Baseball really wants to change the current system.
The fact that Commissioner Bud Selig refused to overturn the bad call -- even though pretty much everyone on the planet seems to be in agreement that the ruling was wrong -- seems to back up the idea that maybe he doesn't think a wrong call is the worst thing in the world.
Part of the drama of baseball, after all, is the woulda, coulda, shoulda debates inspired by bad calls. If the commissioner would have stopped Game 6 of the 1985 World Series and called Jorge Orta out at first, would we even talk about that game anymore?
A sizable portion of the excitement of baseball is the drama created when you think your guy was safe but the ump calls him out. If we went to the replay and took all of the drama out of it, what's the fun in that?
The only way I can see instant replay working in baseball is if the managers are given the right to request replay on just one call a game. I don't want to see the men in blue go under the hood every time there's a close play. But if the skipper has the right to try to get some justice on the most tragic of blown calls, maybe that would be acceptable.
I just don't know how Cubs fans will deal their team's shortfalls when they can't blame them on the umpires.