In the glare of the postseason, Major League Baseball finally experienced the tipping point to push it toward the widespread replay system planned for 2014.
“Last year when so much was made of a missed call at Yankee Stadium in the postseason,” said top MLB official Joe Torre, “I just found that more people were talking about the misplay than the game itself. At that point we realized we needed to look at a broader spectrum of this thing.”
Torre, the executive vice president of baseball operations, talked briefly about the replay program with the Times prior to the MLB Beacon Awards luncheon Saturday, part of the Civil Rights Game activities at U.S. Cellular Field.
“We didn’t want to ignore the fact new technology (HD cameras) was available,” Torre said.
Although the projected system involves three challenges per game, per manager, with all but balls and strikes eligible for review, Torre would not comment on specifics when asked if different camera placements in each ballpark was an issue.
“It’s still not tied up in a neat package yet,” he said. “Anything we do has to be understood and agreed upon with both unions (players and umpires). We don’t want to disrupt the game.”
Hawkins speaks the truth: Leave it to Gary native LaTroy Hawkins, now a Mets reliever, to get his outspoken nature publicized again.
Latest was at the Civil Rights roundtable Friday in Chicago during a discussion on stimulating minority youth baseball participation.
“I talked to LaTroy Hawkins two weeks ago,” said Hawkins agent Larry Reynolds, a roundtable panelist. “He said the game’s too expensive (for youths).”
Interestingly, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, a top MLB official alongside Torre, agreed.
“That’s one of the real drawbacks of getting these youngsters out there,” he said. “Baseball is expensive. I heard that phrase about 10 years ago…Now it’s the traveling teams and things like that. That’s the change of the times.”
Mallee’s second homecoming: Schererville’s John Mallee will make his first trip to U.S. Cellular Field as Astros hitting coach tonight through Wednesday. Mallee’s first homecoming came at Wrigley Field June 21-23.