Yankee Stadium workers put up netting Thursday on a staircase just beyond the right-center field wall, the spot that confused the umpires, cost Alex Rodriguez a home run and intensified baseball’s debate about instant replay.
“It’ll make it a little easier out there,” umpire crew chief Tim Welke said.
As I said in the comments on the other thread, I've not yet decided how I feel about replay. There's nothing wrong with accuracy, mind you, but I do fear that instituting it for boundary calls is the camel's nose in the tent, as they say. Maybe this is better off being addressed with a clearer delineation of ground rules and some extra training and vigilance on the part of umps?
Also, someone made a good point over at BTF re: the Arizona Fall League experiment, and that's the idea that, hey, have they ever had cameras at AFL games to begin with? Apart from my earlier reservation about it (i.e. the AFL setting is too strange and the sight lines too different from MLB stadiums for it to be a useful test) isn't it going to be costly and inefficient to lug 15 cameras -- or whatever would be needed to simulate a real baseball game -- out to the AFL?
Or -- and I'm just spitballin' here -- is it possible that yesterday's story was merely a leak of a phony plan designed to take the heat off of umps for missing calls in three games in a week?
UPDATE: Jason from IIATMS has been weighing in on the comments here, but you should go over to his site and check out his thoughts on the matter as well, because they're more cogent than my general unease/cautious acceptance.