Argument: Instant replay does not diminish human element of baseball

Issue Report: Instant replay in baseball


Jamie Samuelsen. “Galarraga call proves that time has come for replay in baseball.” June 4, 2010: “Baseball is my favorite sport. I love the history. I love the tradition. I love it so much that my wife gets really annoyed when I bask in the glory of the game. But this is now ridiculous. The whole argument of “keeping the game moving” and “keeping the human element” in the game is ludicrous. The game moves along fine. It’s not as if replay will be used in every single inning. And I view the “human element” as allowing the human athletes to ply their craft.

Wednesday should have been all about one human — Armando Galarraga. Instead it became about another human — Joyce. And there is not ONE SINGLE HUMAN on the planet who wants it to be about Joyce. Not Joyce. Not Galarraga. Not Jim Leyland. And most certainly not Bud Selig. So someone tell me how the human element helps baseball. Tell me how the game can’t go on without the human element making glaring errors in calls that alter history.”