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Daraskevich, Joe, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Joe Daraskevich

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NEW RULES CAUSE BASEBALL TO LOSE HUMAN ELEMENT

The new baseball season is less than a week old, and it's already obvious the expanded replay system is going to take some getting used to.

The fact that umpires now have the ability to get every call correct is great. But I can't help but feel there's something missing without the managerial tantrums I've grown to love as a baseball fan.

A manager casually strolling out to the umpire followed by a lengthy review of just about any disputed call seems right, now that the technology is available. But it seems like an entirely different sport than the one I know.

I don't have a problem with how long the games are lasting or with the fact that there should be far fewer ejections with the new rules. And I like that they aren't reviewing balls and strikes (yet). My issue is the missing element in which a manager could light a fire under his team by standing up for one of his players.

I really liked watching them kick dirt at umpires, and it made for some comic relief when a base was thrown into the outfield. …

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