Over the past few weeks it seems like there have been an increasingly amount of bad calls from umpires. In particular there have been a lot of bad homerun calls. Many ballparks have a line or something else on the homerun wall in order to mark what is a homerun and what isn’t a homerun. Despite this marker on the wall the umpires continue to get the calls incorrect. A homerun can change a game quicker than any other play in baseball so it’s very vital that they get the call right. I have two suggestions to fix this problem.
The first is instant replay. I know a lot of people are already angry just for the suggestion of instant replay. Some will say that baseball has too many traditions, they’re old school. There hasn’t been instant replay for 100 years now why should they have instant replay now? Well first of all, they didn’t have instant replay in baseball 100 years ago because they didn’t have instant replay period. But just because at one point in time the umpires got calls wrong doesn’t mean it has to be the same way now. I’m sure Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial all felt they were robbed when they hit a homerun that was called a double just like Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz or Albert Pujols would now.
I don’t see what the problem with instant replay would be as long as you make sure the rule says that only questionable homerun calls can be challenged. Now is when somebody says, “Yeah, but you just know they would eventually give in and everything can be challenged, it’s inevitable!” When football implemented instant replay they had rules about what can be challenged and what can’t and so far they haven’t given in and let coaches challenge anything they want so why would it be inevitable that baseball would do that?
The only good argument against instant replay would be that they would take a pause in the game. Baseball detractors already think baseball is too slow so I’m sure they’d love another reason to pause the game. Personally I don’t think it’s a big deal. That’s right I say sucks to baseball detractors!
The only other solution I can think of is to hire extra umpires. The fans might not realize it but the umpires have a tough job, they have to get into different places in different situations just like the players do. It’s tough to be doing your thing at the third base line and then have to see whether or not a ball that was going 95 mph before it was crushed by a baseball bat hit a line at the top of a wall on the other side of the outfield. Why not hire extra umpires for the outfield and cut the infield umpires a little slack?
Whatever the solution baseball should do what it takes to get calls right for something as important as a homerun. I don’t accept “well it’s always been like that” as a good excuse to be missing homerun calls.