Thursday, February 11, 2016

Baseball makes change, goes back to not needing it

They've done it. Baseball has discovered the technology for instant replay and enough pebbles have been dropped in the "yea" jar to approve of its use.

Baseball makes change, goes back to not needing it

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Nothing to see here. *whistling* (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Nothing to see here. *whistling* (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

They've done it. Baseball has discovered the technology for instant replay and enough pebbles have been dropped in the "yea" jar to approve of its use.

And so, after experimenting in the Arizona Fall League, baseball has determined that each manager shall from this point forward be granted one request for more intense review of a play in the first six innings, and two requests for review from the seventh on.

Thus concludes any necessary changes baseball needs to make. Case closed.

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Oh, come on. 

Apparently there's some noisy gathering of people out there who have some sort of problem with runners hurling their bodies into catchers, a play that puts both at serious injury risk and thusly has resulted in serious injuries multiple times over the history of men colliding at full speed.

"That's just part of the game, man up!" cry people who've never experienced such pain, or if they have, possess the intelligence low enough to encourage others to experience that same pain.

"It's too dangerous! Remember when Buster Posey was crawling around like he was just a torso?!" yell other people, who lack an equal amount of perspective but at least seem to have a level of common sense that tells them that 'gratuitous, unnecessary pain' = bad.

Fortunately, after years of not starting to think about doing something, baseball is considering thinking about doing something about collisions at home plate.

"There's a pretty good possibility that something eventually will happen."

--Joe Torre

Whoa, that's a pretty progressive take on the matter, Mr. Torre. Knowing about something? Doing things? Slow down, there. At least downgrade to 'Selig speed.'

"They don't seem to be overly concerned about it at this point, but we have had ongoing discussion."

--Bud Selig

"They" would be the owners; the group that can actually institute change where it is deemed necessary, which home plate during a collision not yet being deemed such a place. 

Eventually, yes, baseball will change this. And those who fear change will cry out in the night. And then, after they're finished crying about how this change is paving the way for so much more change down the road - you'll see, you'll all see - maybe they'll realize that if change in baseball is one of their biggest fears, they're probably just afraid of everything.

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