Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig won't admit it, of course, but his sport really does need to join the 21st century by using instant replay on all scoring plays, at the very least, in the postseason.
To wit, the Los Angeles Dodgers actually scored the go-ahead run in Game One of the National League Championship Series on Friday night in the top of the tenth inning when Mark Ellis slid across home plate without being tagged by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
But home-plate umpire Gerry Davis made a poor assumption that the tag had been made, since the throw from outfielder Carlos Beltran beat Ellis to the plate.
Replays clearly showed that in the process of trying to protect himself and the ball from Ellis' bulldozing figure, Molina never tagged the runner with the ball itself.
With modern technology revealing astounding visual truths we never thought possible, why isn't MLB using replay to get the calls right? Football does it; hockey does it. Basketball does it. All the other major North American sports use replay more extensively than baseball does.
The Oakland Athletics were robbed a game-tying home run on the road in Cleveland this year, because even with replay? The umps couldn't get it right. The A's lost that game, when they should have had a chance to take it to extra innings -- and considering how close the chases for the wild-card spots and home-field advantage was in the American League this year, that game actually had some impact on the postseason matchups.
The National Hockey League has a great model for replay: a centralized video office, basically, in Toronto houses all the resources and personnel necessary to quickly review all calls that are challenged or questionable, including scoring plays. The decisions are quick, they are accurate, and the fans are happy -- not to mention the players and coaches, who never want to get shafted by errors.
Consider that Bud Selig wouldn't even overturn a travesty of a call like the one against Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a few years ago -- an obviously blown call that cost the guy a historic perfect game, no less, on the final "out" of the game -- and it's clear the MLB brass is out of touch with 21st-century reality.
Replay review is necessary for accuracy, credibility and history. To choose to not use it as much as possible just reeks of ignorance, stubbornness and Luddism.
When does Selig leave office again? Fans interesting in accuracy can't wait.