Orioles-Rays game demonstrates need for expanded instant replay

"And I think the umpires are, too. They want to be right. More times than not, they are."

MLB sources now are saying that balls and strikes won't be reviewable by replay next season, but almost everything else will.

Commissioner Bud Selig seems to leaning this way, too. In the past, Selig has made it clear he thinks instant replay should only be used to determine home run calls or whether a ball is trapped in the field.

But these same sources say Selig has been embarrassed by all the blown calls and umpiring controversies of late. And they say he's now leaning toward broader use of instant replay.

Look, I was originally one of those Luddites who argued against replay review in baseball. I thought the calls would take too long to make and disrupt the natural rhythm of the game.

But guess what? The game is being disrupted enough as it is, even without expanded review. I don't know how long Sunday's delay was, but it was at least 10 or 15 minutes. So now I'm thinking baseball should implement the best video technology possible and give expanded instant replay a try.

Heck, it can't get be any worse than what we're seeing right now.

Can it?

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