Advanced instant replay gets mixed reviews

Advanced instant replay gets mixed reviews

Advanced instant replay gets mixed reviews
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball's testing of two advanced instant-replay systems at Citi Field for Colorado's four-game set again the Mets has drawn mixed reactions in the Rockies' clubhouse.

"In fairness to the outcome of the game, you completely understand it," manager Jim Tracy said. "But I think more than likely, one of the things they need to sort out is how long can you leave a pitcher standing there while you sort out all of these different situations."

The systems -- one uses cameras and the other radars -- are used to review close balls down the foul lines. But much like recently implemented home run reviews, the idea has taken a lot of heat.

"The biggest concern for me would be that guy standing on the mound," Tracy said. "How long do you leave him standing there and how does it interrupt the even flow of the game?"

Reliever Matt Reynolds was on the same page as his manager.

"Anytime you're warmed up and there's a stoppage in play, that would be the biggest downfall," he said. "I feel like there could be a system that could make it instantaneous, maybe someone up in a booth looking over replays. That way if there was a challenge, umpires wouldn't have to leave the field."

That stoppage in play may have more of an effect on relievers than starting pitchers. Starter Alex White said that gaps in play are part of a typical outing and that making the right calls should be the main concern.

"It's not really a big deal," White said. "I think we just want to get the calls right and if they need replay to check home runs and foul balls, then it doesn't bother me one bit.

"If a guy hits a ball that's questionable, you want to know and make sure that they got it right. The time it takes to do that is certainly worth it."