Instant Replay Will Settle This

Botched calls spark support for review of close plays
By Ellen Gibson,  Newser User
Posted May 31, 2008 4:57 PM CDT
Instant Replay Will Settle This
Mets manager Willie Randolph argues with umpires Mike Reilly and Bob Davidson after Carlos Delgado's three-run home run was ruled a foul ball in a game against the Yankees on May 18.    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Baseball's top umpire says instant replay is on the way, the Houston Chronicle reports. Support for it is growing after four blown calls robbed home runs, but umpire supervisor Rich Rieker warns that the technology must be added "in a fashion that will not delay the game further."

Still, he admits that "replay could slow down the game, but it could also eliminate unneccesary arguments. So there might be a canceling effect." In the off-season, baseball's GMs voted overwhelmingly to use replays to confirm home-run calls. (More Rich Rieker stories.)

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