Does Major League Baseball need instant replay? There are arguments for both sides, but as a traditionalist, I would prefer to see replay stay out of baseball. There is something about watching a game and knowing that the umpires will be the final say on a call. Yes, they are human, and they will make mistakes but that’s the way baseball has been played over 100 years.
Baseball has a very distinct flow, and adding in something that is not a natural aspect such as instant replay can change that flow and make the game less enjoyable. Are there times where a bad call or absolute blown call could be reversed by replay? Yes, but in a game that already takes around 4 hours to complete, do you really want to push it into the 5 or 6 hour mark with stoppages to replay missed calls? I don’t think the average fan would like that, and I know traditionalists wouldn’t either.
The only way I want to sit through a five or six hour game, is if it is in extra innings or at worst weather delays. I am even against the thought of replay in the playoffs, if you start adding it there, then you open the door to more discussion. They have already made a mistake by allowing home runs to be replayed, in my opinion. Baseball is a great game that relies on the human element, and I prefer to keep it that way.