Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MLB: THIS is why replay is vital to baseball’s success

If there was any question as to whether instant replay in Major League Baseball was essential to the growth and integrity of the sport, it was answered Tuesday night in Pittsburgh where the Pirates edged the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in dramatic fashion.

Pirates’ outfielder Starling Marte drove a ball to the right field wall and scampered around the bases sliding into third base with a triple. The throw got by Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval and Marte hustled for home.

Here’s the play.

There have been a multitude of replays so far this season but none as compelling and decisive as this one. THIS is the reason baseball needs replay.

Say what you want about the tradition of the game being altered with instant replay, but the history of the game should no longer be swayed by incorrect calls. Getting the call right and awarding a victory without reservation is much better than keeping to a custom ripe with the potential for human error.

The replay from Tuesday, and those preceding it, demonstrates why it is an essential component to the continued success of Major League Baseball.

If the Pirates reach the playoffs by one game, this one will be remembered as a day the call was right, not wrong.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.