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Stephen Kruiser


March 26, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Sign of the times.

The baseball purists will be losing it over this one, but that’s what they do. I’m only a purist when it comes to the designated hitter, a loathsome rule designed simply to give fat guys another five years of playing time and American League managers the opportunity to nap during the part of the game where National League managers have to earn a living.

Baseball is already a slow game and there is some justified trepidation about replay making it even slower. That’s mostly based on the fact that the NFL replay officials take an average of seventeen hours to see what everyone else with the same video feed can see in fourteen seconds. The NFL, however, is working with a couple of guys and and a couple of small monitors. MLB has gone all NASA for its replay purposes.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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I'm a big baseball fan, and I have no problem with this.

Even so, I have to say...most of the time, the umps get it right. I can't even count the times I thought the call a wrong, but the slow-mo replay showed was right. Given how split-second close many of these calls are, the job they do is simply amazing.

But everyone remembers the one call that's wrong, not the hundreds that are right - so an occasional review is OK by me.

I'd rather do something about excessive pitcher changes in the late innings. Quick moving games slow to a crawl when a manager decides to play the matchups - and I'm not totally convinced it does a lot of good.
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