This January in Baseball

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

It’s nearing the end of January, so of course baseball is in the news. Sorry sports fans, but right now the only other things we’ve got are the Pro Bowl, the woeful NBA, and hockey, I guess.

Perhaps the biggest news this offseason is MLB deciding to allow replay reviews. As part of this change, stadiums will now also be allowed to show replays of close plays. Previously, those replays were prohibited from being shown to fans at the game. Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig spoke about the change:

“Our fans will love it,” Selig predicted. “You know, the thought that, in the past, I could be sitting at home watching a game and get all the replays. And [somebody else] could be sitting at the ballpark and couldn’t see any of these replays. That’s just wrong.”

That’s absolutely right. It was crummy to sit at a game and not be able to tell what had happened, while fans at home could see it over and over. To use Selig’s own word, it was wrong, and that will now be fixed. But what goes unanswered, and ought to be explained, is why this prohibition was ever in place. Simply stating, correctly, that it was wrong and is now being fixed, is not enough.

Meanwhile, the LA Times reports:

Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through an airport by 2015.

Now doesn’t that just sound great? Also, does this bobblehead statue outside Dodger Stadium (seen in the LA Times article) look like a racist caricature from the 40s to anyone else?

Dodgers Bobblehead

Finally, two laughs from one article. First up, the aforementioned Commission Bud Selig is being feted:

Current Commissioner Bud Selig will receive the first Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award.

No, that’s not a headline from The Onion. In fact, the headline of the story is amusing in a different way:

LATE UNION HEAD WEINER TO BE HONORED BY BAT1

Bat? Like a bat bat?

A Bat

Weird.


Footnotes:

  1. I guess there’s actually three laughs here if you’re immature enough to count “head weiner”, which I’m totally not. ↩︎


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