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Instant replay changes style of baseball

By Daniel Cifuentes, staff writer
On March 15, 2014

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The National Football League is probably the most predictable of all the unpredictable sporting leagues.
One minute a team's offensive unit can be driving down the field looking to make a play in the end zone to score a touchdown and the next, a yellow flag is thrown on the field.
The referee who threw the flag convenes with the rest of the officials and after a few minutes the head official will come out of the huddle and announce why the flag was thrown.
One thing that an NFL audience has at the palm of its hands is televised replays. The network broadcasting a game will show the replay of a particular play or call. A coach on the field will have other coaches in booths throughout the stadium telling him whether or not to challenge that particular call.
When the coach takes that action, the officials will go into a booth and review the call, and then either let the ruling on the field stand or change the call.
While the NFL may be the king of sporting entities, Major League Baseball has been a close second in monetary growth and popularity for quite some time and that doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon. But many sports enthusiasts claim that baseball, "America's pastime," is boring, monotonous and not as exciting as football. I beg to differ. There is just a sort of romance with baseball.
With the start of the 2014 MLB season just a few weeks away, there is much anticipation about the season. The Boston Red Sox will defend their third World Series Championship in the last nine years.
The free-spending Los Angeles Dodgers are coming out of spring training as the favorite to win the World Series at season's end.
Despite this mounting drama, it has been the story of MLB's expanded replay that has baseball enthusiasts all over the United States in a huff.
Although fans may think there is a new replay system, it is actually an expansion of already existing technology the MLB has used in past seasons.
This year's expanded replay system will focus on a number of situations and calls including: ground-rule doubles, fan interference, boundaries (managers may not challenge home run or potential home run calls), force plays at all bases (except whether a middle infielder touched second base during the attempt to "turn" a double play), tag plays on the base paths and whether a runner was tagged or touched a base first.
MLB games last at least nine innings, but with this new system of replay many people believe games will now drag past the three-hour mark.
This system should not only heighten the popularity of the game, but get people talking about how the game is better for it. Instant replays are the solution to shaky calls from umpires.
And that can only mean happier baseball fans. 

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