Unfortunately, most other teams can’t say the same.
The Atlanta Braves, in the midst of a four-game winning streak after an 0-4 start, became the latest victims of a nonsensical snafu on Sunday Night Baseball against the Phillies.
This call — in primetime, in a tie game between two top teams with massive fan bases, and so obviously wrong — has gotten the attention of many of the game’s brightest stars, and you can count Turner among those who came away questioning MLB’s intentions.
At this moment in time, with the way the mechanisms are worded, it’s very difficult for the league office to overturn a call without 100% guaranteed evidence of the play going in the other direction.
Our question — and Turner’s question — is…why, though?
Dodgers star Justin Turner called MLB out over replay review.
For the record, Turner’s right. There’s one angle that isn’t definitive, and leads you to believe Alec Bohm might’ve dragged his toe across the plate…until you take a look at the other two clear angles and see, beyond a shadow of a doubt, he didn’t.
Major League Baseball’s intent in the review system seems completely broken. Many voices have raised in the wake of Sunday’s disaster requesting that perhaps the NYC operatives be given no indication of the umpire’s call on the field before watching the review.
In that case, there wouldn’t be any implicit biases, difficulty in mentally balancing what having “enough evidence” to overturn actually means, or a desire to stay in lock step with their fellow umpires.
When you have stars like Turner and the soft-spoken MIKE TROUT responding, then the league really might have a problem,
For now, all baseball fans and players can do is cross their fingers and hope a broken system doesn’t come for them, which is one of the worst feelings in the world and a clear non-solution.
There has to be a better way, especially after MLB fought so long against “polluting” their great game with the use of modern technology.
How are you going to finally introduce it, then do it all wrong?