The former head of the umpires is against a challenge system. So too are the men tasked with doing the challenges:
Tony LaRussa told us that after polling MLB Managers most did NOT want MGR’s to have challenges. Did it anyway because they felt best way
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) August 15, 2013
If the managers don’t like it who, exactly, is this best for? And why?
I’ve seen interviews with Bruce Bochy and Bob Melvin so far today, each of which are headlined something to the effect of “manager happy with expanded replay.” But you read the comments and what they’re happy about is the notion of getting wrong calls right. Which is an easy notion to agree with, one would hope.
They both copped to having questions about the details, though. I bet there will be more questions as time goes on. All the while, I bet MLB will talk about how “everyone loves this new system,” much the way they do with the All-Star Game and everything else MLB does. Don’t buy it.