Little League coaches can use video, rather than yelling, to overturn calls
Supporters of using video replay extensively in Major League Baseball take note: calls in freakin’ Little League are going to be subject to review. Calls of volunteer umpires in the Little League World Series. Calls of volunteer umpires who, despite the millions Little League reaps from its ABC/ESPN television contract, have to pay their own way to get to South Williamsport, Pa.
Replays in the previous two years were limited only to those plays that should have resulted in a dead ball, but were called otherwise by the volunteer umpires who work the Little League Baseball World Series each year. This year, video replay will be expanded to more plays, such as force-outs, tags on the base paths, missed bases, and hit batters.
“We are able to do this for the third year because all of the Little League Baseball World Series games are televised on ABC or the ESPN family of networks,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “As we have seen even in the professional ranks, certain calls in baseball are among the most difficult for officials to make, for a variety of reasons. Using video replay, since we have the means to get the call right, is the right thing to do.”
Goddamn right it’s the right thing to do, especially with all the gambling money I’ve lost because of shit calls by volunteer chumpires who had to pay their way to a central Pennsylvania assmunch of a town. I’m sure you feel the same way.
By the way, if you would like a template to cite for your angry emails — some, amazingly, written in crayon — to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig about extensive use of replay in baseball, Little League provides you with rules.
There are two scenarios in which video replay would be used. One is if the umpire who made the shit call confers with the other umpires, and they don’t have the Little League regulation balls to decide what shit call to make. So check the replay.
The other is a coach’s challenge. Whenever ha manager’s mustache starts twitching with anger and regret, he can throw a flag to get a video review of the umpire’s shit call. The parents, however, must yell at the ump and question the color of his underwear, just like they do at non-televised games.
Will this work? Maybe. Then maybe Major League Baseball will see how good video replay is for the game and apply to umpires who are salaried and get a per diem for their travel from ballpark to ballpark. And maybe then my bookie won’t be sending guys to claim my healthy kneecaps as collateral.