Despite their comfortable 2-0 lead, there’s plenty of controversy surrounding Game 2 of the ALCS between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees after Omar Infante was ruled safe while rounding second in the top of the eighth inning on a play he should have been ruled out. The replay clearly showed Infante was out by Robinson Cano and the missed play by Jeff Nelson resulted in Joe Girardi coming out to argue the call–which led to an ejection.
In other words–Girardi was tossed from the game for nothing considering he was right to begin with. Sure, the call would have been more costly if the Yankees had scored a few runs to begin with, but this is a clear sign that the league needs to use instant replay more than ever.
It would be one thing if reviewing these types of plays delayed the game for a long period of time, but this is something that takes a matter of minutes to perform. This situation would have been much worse if the call had a direct impact on the outcome of the game and the fact that Nelson even admit later on he made the wrong call shows how much Bud Selig and company need to consider the use of more technology for the game.
Unfortunately for Major League Baseball, this isn’t the first time there’s been an issue like this during a baseball game–so it’s obviously time to take the easy approach to fix things and use more instant replay.
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