It Hit the Dirt?
Should baseball use instant replay? That is the question that one of the announcers asked last night after the questionable call by an umpire in the Angels/Whitesox game. The situation is still unclear today as the LA Times article shows. So would instant replay really have helped? I do not think that instant replay would be good for baseball for a couple of reasons that I will try to relate to economics. Though on the surface instant replay seems like a good idea, there would surely be some negative externalities too. The first is the time it would take to implement it 3 or 4 times a game. Do baseball games really need to be any longer? Next would be the history of the game. I do not think that baseball games were ever meant to be perfect, s%@! happens. I think that there should be an element of human error involved in baseball, what is next an electronic umpire calling balls and strikes. This situation is like many other economic situations where on the surface it seems like a great idea, but if you take a deeper look the picture is not so bright. In closing, I would like to say go CHICAGO because ever since Jordan left Chicago has sucked at everything.