If being in favor of instant replay in baseball means being for getting the calls on the field right, then count me in as someone who wants instant replay in the game. Because ultimately getting the call correct is what it's all about right?
Now obviously umpires make mistakes just like players and managers and coaches and on down the line. However I don't really understand this whole emphasis on "baseball tradition" as to why instant replay can't come to fruition in baseball.
Heck the only reason its been that way for over 100 years is because over 100 years ago games weren't even on radio let alone broadcast in crystal clear HDTV. They had no concept of instant replay as a tool back then, but who is to say they wouldn't have utilized it if they'd had the opportunity? MLB isn't fooling anyone anymore by sheepishly sweeping these calls under the rug.
Some umpires may take offense to this whole notion of actually being held accountable and overruled just like players, managers and coaches, but I say tough, it's not about you guys it's about getting the calls right! Don't worry about opening some pandora's box, the technology is there so use it.
As far as the pacing of the game, would having an extra umpire up in the booth monitoring the game on a big-screen HDTV instantly relaying a disputed HR call down to the field be any slower than the umpires on the field huddling up and deliberating or arguing with both managers and players over such a call?
Perhaps the worry is that the technology has become too blatantly good that the umpires will cease to be relevant. Because with the advent of HDTV and slow motion zoom and K-Zone and Questec, there's no hiding anymore and no excuse for being able to overturn obvious calls.
Honestly the only reason umpires are there is because they were there first as the only means to make calls and resolve disputes. Its sort of like bikes and cars, sure bikes came first but if you had the option of having a car to get around wouldn't you take the car? Upon further review, rising oil prices and botched calls make me crave for a change.