Enough already. We get it. Instant replay sucks. Managers are saying it. Ballplayers. Ex-ballplayers. Writers. The guy at the end of the bar. It's the sort of thing doctors pick up on to use as small talk. Bashing replay is cool. For those aboard the bandwagon, just know this: You are, and will be, on the wrong side of history.
Not only does replay work theoretically, it is working in practice, despite the protestations otherwise. Like so many new ideas in baseball – the wild card, interleague play and other fundamental changes – the initial backlash is far greater than the actual problems. Most of the grievances are biased bellyaching, Luddism or downright ignorance, all three of which continue to push a narrative that's the least-surprising thing to happen this season.
Of course people were going to complain about replay, and not just because controversy resonates and the Internet loves little more than a condemnation ceremony. The technology is fallible. Errors would be made. CallsRead More »from Stop complaining about MLB's new replay system: It's working