Blown Series call shows it’s time to expand replay

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That’s good, but not far enough. Particularly in October, when a game can tilt in the blink of an eye.

Texas manager Ron Washington never blamed his team’s 16-7 drubbing on Kulpa failing to see Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli slather a tag on Matt Holliday a full step short of the bag. Before Game 4, Washington still supported umps making the calls, and made a suggestion.

“I always believed in this game being the human type of game, you know, umpires are human. They can’t always be right, and they make mistakes and you have to play around them,” he said.

“We brought in instant replay for the home run. I think in the World Series for plays like last night, maybe we can find a way to get the play right,” he said. “All I want is to get the play right, that’s all.”

Pretty simple.

How to do it, well, there would be ways. Remember, the other major sports figured that out.

Maybe have an MLB supervisor in the ballpark to quickly review calls, at least in the postseason. Troubled about the pace of the game? It takes more time for managers to come out for arguments than it would take to check calls. Fact is, umpires rarely miss anything, it’s not as if there’s going to be a parade to a replay booth.

Concerned that television replays might not show something for sure? That’s OK. Stick to the premise the NFL employs, that the evidence must be conclusive. That would eliminate ball-and-strike calls _ those virtual strike zones that TV shows are subject to interpretation and not 100 percent accurate.

Worried that weird situations would develop about where to put runners and such? Umpires on the field can solve that.

Have a problem with using expanded replay only for the playoffs and World Series, with people saying baseball is treating those games like they’re more special? Well, they are. That’s why they have special rules for postseason rain delays.

Challenge flags or buzzers in the dugouts or whatever. That can be decided later. More important is to put something in place to ensure calls that can be corrected are fixed.

“Nobody wants to be embarrassed,” said former ump Randy Marsh, now an MLB umpire executive.

Joe Torre has spent most of his life in baseball, as an MVP player, a championship manager, a popular broadcaster and now as executive vice president of baseball operations.

He called a news conference Sunday to defend Kulpa, who was born in St. Louis and grew up as a Cardinals fan. Torre objected to a question the previous night from a pool reporter provided by The Associated Press, who started a question with: “You being from St. Louis.”

Kulpa cut off the question, responding, “Has nothing to do with it.”

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