Thursday, June 3, 2010

Upon Further Review

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig did what I thought he would do, he played it straight. It probably is the right thing, since rules are rules, but one of these days baseball just might shock us and do something innovative. When it comes to umpire Jim Joyce blowing Armando Galarraga's perfect game, Bud could have used a little imagination to right the glaring wrong. Baseball is already dabbling in instant replay. Why not just add the final out, or potential final out of a game to the short list of reviewable plays? Bud could take that step, make it retroactive to Wednesday, and PRESTO!, everyone goes home happy.

Something I also think would make baseball a better game is this rule: a pitcher gets to throw over to first base twice. If the pitcher throws over a third time and does not pick the runner off, then the runner gets second base. I would love to see that cat and mouse game.

With the Kentucky Derby winner and the Preakness winner skipping the Belmont, it's a not real high profile field. Ice Box has to be the play, and I'm not so sure Nick Zito doesn't have the second place horse too: Fly Down. Those are my top two. This is only the third time since 1970 the Belmont has lacked a winner from the Preakness or the Derby.

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