Proof that it’s time for instant replay in Major League Baseball

Abner Doubleday

Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball  in Cooperstown, New York in 1839. By today’s standards that game, their original equipment, and some of their rules seem archaic; there were no helmets, no inside chest protectors, no oversized gloves, and no replays of disputable home runs.

Over the past 173 years, the game has seen many changes. It has appropriately evolved with the times, it’s popularity, and it’s marketability. Changes have been made to make the baseball player more comfortable and quicker like the transformation of the old wool uniforms to mass-produced team brands made from space age fabrics.

Point is, because of changes in technology, the game and those responsible for running it, have made many necessary adjustments that have enhanced its enjoyment and popularity. But have they done enough?

Case in point, we have now come to yet another point in time where it is necessary to ‘update’ the game again in order to make its outcome fair to both sides. The cry for instant replay made its greatest plea almost 2 years ago to the day; June 2, 2010, when Detroit Tigers pitcher Armondo Galarraga was denied being credited with baseball’s 21st perfect game because of a blown call made by veteran umpire Jim Joyce involving the 27th batter to come to the plate.

Fast forward to June 1, 2012 and Mets pitcher Johan Santana who was vying for his team’s first no-hitter in their franchise’s history. A ball hit by former Met Carlos Beltran clearly was fair on replay but was determined to be foul by umpire Adrian Johnson.

If called correctly, Santana doesn’t have his no hitter and history would not have been made. Read more here…

Santana pitches a no hitter, World Series next?

Johan SantanaWhat a night as the New York Mets made pitching history during their victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Many great pitchers have graced the mound for the Mets from Tom Seaver to Doc Gooden, but no New York Mets pitcher had a no-hitter until Johan Santana.

Santana ‘s no-hitter was the first of his career and the first for the Mets organization. Santana pitched with poise and unbelievable ball placement. The crowd sat and watched in awe at the brilliant performance. Citi Field was the scene as Santana retired batter after batter.  Johan Santana had 8 strikeouts and dominated the game in rare fashion. Anticipation and nerves entered into the stadium as fans and players begin to realize the possibility of a no hitter. The Cardinals were dumbfounded, losing to the Mets 8 to 0. Read more here…

New York Mets lefty Johan Santana pitches first shutout since 2010

Johan SantanaNew York Mets left-handed pitcher Johan Santana’s shoulder surgery may have shaved some juice off of his velocity, but on Saturday afternoon he delivered a near-magical performance.

Although it was against a less-than-dominant San Diego Padres group, Santana had the stuff to only give up four singles in his first shutout since August, 12 2010.

Saturday’s outing keeps his ERA under 3.0 at 2.75 which at this juncture of the season is a feat unto itself.

Santana gave up not a single walk in an efficient 96 pitches that also struck out seven.
Offensively, Santana had help from Mike Nickeas who hit the Mets first grand slam of the season, and Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino who also homered.

Santana’s shutout is sure give him even more momentum going into next Friday’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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