Author's Note: The following is not a letter from Mr. Bud Selig, Commissioner of MLB. I made it up. This is in response to my previous blog entry in which I "wrote" a letter to the Commish telling him to install an instant replay system in MLB.
Dear Eagle -
After seeing the numerous disputed calls in the past week across Major League Baseball, I received numerous letters such as yours asking for instant replay in baseball. Please understand that this is a tremendous undertaking for our sport, and it could take years before a system is in place. However, we are looking into using instant replay for home runs only in this years Arizona Fall League and look to expand on this system for Spring Training in 2009. We appreciate your concern and understanding of the situation and hope that this will be a step in the right direction for the sport of baseball
Commissioner of MLB
Again, I made that up. I first posted my "letter" (last blog entry) on May 19. I had to add a few bonus comments because over the past week or so there have been too many disputed home runs for me to count. Again, this is a problem. Part of the blame does go to the ballparks for having quirky ground rules and outfield walls (that would be you Houston), but most of it does fall on the umpires. I get it, they miss calls, they're human and it's perfectly understandable. But a disputed home run call should happen maybe, once a month. This is the second easiest call in the game besides safe or out. Is the ball over the fence or not? It's a simple question. There should be a simple answer, but for some reason, no one can get it right. The umpires are standing in the infield, and looking at a ball over 200 feet away trying to make a call. Maybe they should be closer to the wall? Maybe we should back up all the fans from the wall to eliminate interference and make the calls clearer. I don't know. But right now (thanks in part to me) MLB is trying to fix the problem. And the Arizona Fall League isn't a bad place to start.