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INSTANT REPLAY IN BASEBALL BECOMING A JOKE WITH GIANTS 'STALL BALL'
Bruce Bochy didn't get mad. He got critiquin'. The Giants manager went into his studious mode, getting a signal from his first-base coach, Roberto Kelly. Watching the body language of his runner, Juan Perez. Most of all, waiting for his video guy on a walkie-talkie, Shawon Dunston, to confirm the umpire got it wrong. In other words, in the Giants' first spring-training crack at exercising their replay rights, Bochy took his sweet time alerting the umpires he was challenging the call. On that front, the new replay system is over the top. It allows teams to use replay to determine whether to go to replay. Is that...more » *(SFGate 3-18-14, John Shea)
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FIRST TO WORK INSTANT REPLAY IN BASEBALL TO ITS BENEFIT
Leave it to the San Francisco Giants to figure out the latest loophole/cheat in baseball - and Major League Baseball either not notice and/or not do anything about it... First it was the Giants popularizing illegal PEDs with Bonds and friends while continuing to seek out known tainted players to this day, then 'selling out' 250 straight games without really selling them out and now beating the replay game while stalling games and continuing to make a mockery of the grand old sport .
It goes something like this, in case you haven't noticed, eg:
A close call happens late in the game with the score tied 1-1, eg a runner is called out at first base on a close call. Manager Bochy SLOWLY walks out to complain while the Giants video department is looking at it's own video replay of the close call. Only after the Giants video people see close up and personal that the umps blew the call does Bochy speed his step and lodge a complaint with the umps. The umps then check with MLB video headquarters in New York. Of course, the call is overturned. The Giants win all these replay challenges because they see it first!
INSTANT REPLAY IN BASEBALL MAKES FOR UNEVEN PLAYING FIELD
On one hand, slap the Giants for , again, taking unfair advantage but on the other hand give the Giants credit for taking advantage of the loophole that MLB continues to allow - again, falling down on the job as it has done for years with it's lax drug testing, failure to take a position on the Bay Area baseball stadium issue , etc. Perhaps other teams have fallen in the Giants footsteps by now but the Giants didn't HAVE to go to the extreme measure, whether one calls it cheating or not - and baseball should have caught and tightened this loophole by now...
Now, that the Giants have got this 'stall ball' tactic down to a science they are , not surprisingly, winning all of their replay challenges, which have resulted in a number of wins they wouldn't have had last year before replay . Lets see how long it takes until other teams finally wake up and either play the stall game with their videographers, themselves, or MLB comes out of its latest stupid, er, stupor... . REAL accurate, effective Drug testing STILL hasn't been actuated more than 10 years since Bonds made PEDs vogue (see previous posts in these pages), so this replay flaw could go on indefinitely. You'd think other teams would either complain about the Giants or join the stall game themselves if MLB continues to allow this unfair 'loophole 'and the Giants , of course, happily taking advantage of it.