MLB Replay Begins Slow Stroll Toward Postseason

Posted 3 weeks ago

By Associated Press

mlb bigJohn Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire.

“We try to go out there anytime it’s close,” the Toronto manager says.

Same way across the majors: There have been more than 1,000 reviews so far in this new era of expanded replay — nearly half resulting in a reversal — and it’s only August.

Now get ready for an even longer postseason parade of that slow dance, where the skipper strolls onto the field, twirls around the ump and waits for the go-or-no sign from the dugout.

Makes sense, too. Good idea to check most every tag and trap, especially when a single missed call could mean the difference between winning the World Series and an early exit.