In the past, MLB managers have begrudgingly stampeded onto the playing field just to meaninglessly argue a call that will not be changed — no matter how intimidating the manager is. However, MLB is making an effort to banish one of the most pointless parts of the game and it became quite the reality on Wednesday.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced today that the 2014 season could very well feature expanded replay and a large part of the proposal is a three challenge rule that involves New York City, New York. However, the only way the new replay system comes into play is if 75% of the MLB owners agree upon the deal this November.
Anyway, the proposal includes a procedure similar to one that NFL fans have grown accustomed to each and every Sunday — challenges.
That’s right, instead of running and screaming his head off to some poor umpire who just gaffed, Jim Leyland can now calmly say he wants the play challenged and someone in the MLB headquarters — located in New York City, NY — will be notified and immediately give a final ruling on the call. Thus, the grading of managers is going to be much more intense as we will all have the “Challenge ratio” statistic available on each and every manager.
For example, if Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum is 2/10 on challenges and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is 10/10 then Chicago fans are going to be upset about their leader dropping the ball. All in all, this proposal is good for the game and would surely help separate the good managers from the great ones if implemented.