The sport of baseball has been around since the 1800’s. The dead ball era has come and gone, as well as the steroid era. Greats like Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, and Ted Williams have lived the dream. Baseball helped break the color barrier while it was still a heated topic. During the 9/11 crisis, baseball helped take Americans minds off of the disaster and give them something to celebrate about. Baseball has done so much for its country, and it’s about time we do something in return. Umpires are far from perfect, like other professional officials, and they make mistakes. But, unlike basketball and football, baseball rarely uses today’s technology to its advantage. The implementation of replay has helped football and basketball in multiple ways. It’s time for baseball to take the step from the past, and into the future.
Many people argue that by using replay more often in baseball would take away the unique feel baseball has. Each umpire has his own unique strike zone, sometimes being beneficial, and other times being detrimental to the pitcher and hitter. Players have come to accept this and, at times, use this to their advantage. But, differing strike zones aren’t the only problem baseball has. The game moves so fast that umpires are required to make split second calls. A close play at first can come down inches of difference between the ball hitting the glove and the runner’s foot hitting the bag. the angle the umpires take to look at the play should help them make the call more easily. But, sometimes they take the wrong angle. This year Todd Helton, a first baseman, made a stretch to catch a ball in the dirt that was thrown by the second baseman. The umpire called the runner out, but it was one of the worst calls ever made. Helton was a good three feet off of the bag. His foot wasn’t even close to being on the bag. Unfortunately for the runner, from the umpire’s angle, Helton appeared to...