A 144-year-old sport that popularized the phrase “kill the ump” now has a 21st century idea: Correct the ump.
In a radical step for a sport steeped in tradition, Major League Baseball announced Thursday its intention to make instant replay available on almost all calls made by umpires, starting next year, pending the expected approval of owners, players and umpires.
“This is a historic day,” Commissioner Bud Selig said at the owners’ meetings in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Selig long had resisted any use of replay, citing the charm of the human element and the concern over whether lengthy video reviews might stall games. In 2008, baseball became the last of the four major North American sports leagues to introduce replay reviews but limited it to calls involving home runs.