Major League Baseball (MLB) is set to prepare for replay expansion in 2014. Replay expansion will certainly be an effective tool as there are so many missed or blown calls. Replay expansion will allow managers to challenge an umpires ruling once through the first 6 innings and twice through the last 3 innings (7th,8th,9th). MLB replay expansion will help move the game in the right direction as there wont be anymore controversies over missed or blown calls. There has already been evidence in the MLB playoffs to why replay expansion needs to happen. One bad call can change the aspect of the game but with replay expansion, it will eliminate this types of problems.
Just imagine all the blown calls that have cost a team from winning and what replay expansion could have done in the past. Remember the play in game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles? Derek Jeter hit a deep fly ball to right field that looked like it was going to be caught by right fielder Tony Tarasco, but there was fan interference and ruled a home run. That home run tied the game and eventually helped the Yankees win the game. Replay expansion would have helped determine whether there was fan interference or not, which certainly would have helped the Orioles case in the argument. The Yankees went onto win the World Series in ’96, but if the right call was made in the ALCS, who knows what could have happened!
The MLB will always be faced with problems, but having the ability to expand on replays will help eliminate these types of hiccups in the game. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future of replay expansion has in store for the MLB.