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Baseball umpires – mediators?

March 6, 2012
  • Baseball is in the air.  The pre-season has finally begun.  Could spring be far behind? 
  • Even though I’m a mediator, and should have great empathy with umpires, I’m not really there on that one.  There is much more oversight by way of instant replays in other sports, such as football and tennis, and bad calls are often overturned, which is only fair. 
  • Perhaps it’s time for baseball to get with the programme.  Those who would complain that the game is already too slow and instant replays would further slow it down are, in my view, merely not baseball purists.  The game is meant to be slow. 
  • For a true baseball fan, it’s all about the leisurely pace – except when it’s frenetic. 
  • Let’s get the video replay more involved in baseball, but unlike football, let’s quicken up the review process, so those who crave speeding up the game can get back to their BlackBerrys.
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