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Macha: No instant replay

Macha: No instant replay

MIAMI -- By Thursday, Brewers manager Ken Macha had seen the blown call in Detroit that cost Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga a perfect game. But it didn't change Macha's opinion on instant replay in baseball one bit.

"I'm against it," Macha said. "Let me throw this one out there: What if the guy was safe and they called him out? What if he had two strikes on the hitter and threw one right down the middle and the guy called it a ball, and the next pitch, he walked him? You're getting into so many hypotheticals.

"The guy missed a call, and he's admitted it. That's part of the game. So I'm totally against [replay]. I don't know what they are going to do."

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Commissioner Bud Selig said on Thursday said that he will review Major League Baseball's umpiring system and the possibility of expanding the use of instant replay.

"Let me tell you what, there have been some great plays in baseball where the guy missed the call," Macha said. "They've got Jackie Robinson stealing home and Yogi Berra back there. [Robinson] is out! And they called him safe. Go look at the replay. How many times have they put that out there?"

Macha also mentioned an iconic play from the 2001 American League Division Series, when Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter ranged into foul ground to recover a missed cutoff throw and flipped the ball home in time, at least according to the call, to retire Jeremy Giambi.

"I was there. Slow it down, he's safe!" Macha said.

That play helped the Yankees end Oakland's '01 season. Still, Macha is no fan of expanded use of replay. "This is a human game, played by humans and officiated by humans," he said.

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