Selig not inclined to expand video review
Umps have come under scrutiny in wake of contested calls
Major League Baseball's umpires have been in the spotlight this postseason, but the Commissioner's view about expanding the use of video review remains firm.
"I don't really have any desire to increase the amount of replay -- period," Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig told FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal on Monday.
In August 2008, MLB instituted a limited program that allows umpires to review home run calls -- fair or foul, over the fence or not. It does not permit the use of replays for other calls, such as plays on the bases or fair-foul calls of non-homers.
Selig remains convinced that it should stay that way, even as others debate.
"We need to do a little work, clean up some things," Selig said. "But do I think we need more replay? No. Baseball is not the kind of game that can have interminable delays."
Some umpires have acknowledged missed calls in the various Division Series. Home-plate umpire Jerry Meals said Sunday night that he missed a call in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS between the Phillies and Rockies, when Chase Utley hit a bouncer that struck him on the leg in foul territory. Instead of a foul ball, it went for an infield hit, and it pushed the go-ahead runner to third base for Ryan Howard's game-winning sacrifice fly.
Two nights earlier, Game 2 of the ALDS between the Twins and Yankees included a since-disputed call by left-field ump Phil Cuzzi, who ruled what would have been an 11th-inning leadoff double by Minnesota's Joe Mauer a foul ball. Replays showed that the baseball bounced off the glove of Melky Cabrera in fair territory and then landed several inches inside the foul line, and Cuzzi later said he made a mistake.
"This goes on every time there's a controversial call," Selig told FoxSports.com. "I understand the Phil Cuzzi call and others. But frankly, I'm quite satisfied with the way things are."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.