Well, it happened again.
Baseball history has once again been altered by an umpire’s bad call. Johan Santana’s umpire-aided no-hitter is the latest high-profile example of why baseball must expand its use of instant replay. I know the arguments against it, but none of them hold up against the only pro-replay argument that really matters: Getting the call right is the most important thing.
This isn’t a reaction to the Cardinals — my Cardinals — getting no-hit. If my team getting ticketed with a no-hitter is a catalyst for change, then I’m happy it happened, happy that umpire Adrian Johnson called Carlos Beltran’s on-the-chalk line drive foul. This isn’t about the Cardinals, the Mets or any other single ballclub. This is about the men who run baseball being stubborn, gutless and willingly obstructing justice (baseball justice, but justice nonetheless).
The technology is available at every ballpark. Every game is on TV, and every broadcast delivers enhanced replays — from multiple angles — of every close call. Not taking advantage of that technology is irresponsible. If not flat-out laughable, the arguments against expanded replay are, at best, flimsy: