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September 2, 2008 9:24 PM

MLB's Distant Replay


Just got finished with our Fraternal Order of Pigskin Fantasy Draft. Had a total blast and want to thank all the guys who are participating. I think I got some good picks. My most interesting one was Darren McFadden ( I know, he's a Raider, it just about killed me) who I got in the fourth round.


  • September 3, 2008

    6:48 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    If MLB had been wise enough to have instant replay in place at this time last season, then there would have been no such thing as "Rocktober", because it would have been as clear as day to any umpire that Matt Holliday did not make contact with home plate in the "play-in" game with San Diego. He was out. It was close, but he was absolutely out.

    Replays should be used for any of the following:

    1. To tell fair or foul balls on potential home runs.
    2. Fan interference, yes or no.
    3. Safe or out at home plate and any base during which a run is scored if there is any question if the right call was made. Even if it's a run in the 1st inning, calls need to be reversed if it's iffy, because that could be the only run of the game, and if it's a bogus run, then the integrity of the game is lost.
    4. Situations where a run would have scored and a player potentially trapped a ball instead of making a catch. This actually happens a lot and it's got to stop. Outfielders in general do whatever they can to sell the catch. They need to either learn to catch a ball cleanly, or go back to the minor leagues.

    By the way Rockies fans, the Rockies are not actually 5 games back of Arizona. They are 6 back. How? Well, they're 6 back in the loss column. That's the telling statistic.

    Enjoy Matt Holliday for a little while longer.But only a little while. He's going to look great left field in the New Yankee Stadium wearing the NY pinstripes when the Monforts walk away from the table at deal time.

  • September 3, 2008

    8:32 AM

    Jacob writes:

    Actually there would have because Garret Atkins' "double" in the 8th inning would have been ruled a home run and we never would have had to go to the 13th inning. Nice try though, and thanks for playing.

  • September 3, 2008

    9:33 AM

    KP13 writes:

    I love the arguement that there would have been no rocktober.....so you know the game was tied, and if Matt had been called out, the game doesn't automatically then go to the padres, they still would have had to score in the next inning! Thats how baseball works, right?

  • September 3, 2008

    9:58 AM

    good ol' george writes:

    To err is human. To really screw up, you need instant replay. Like that's going to get Sabathia his no-hitter.

  • September 3, 2008

    11:08 AM

    [-=m2=-] writes:

    I really am disappointed MLB has decided to implement instant replay.

    It wasn't needed. If there's a missed call, it's not the end of the world. Missed calls is what makes Sports Talk work. What else are they going to talk about for 10 hours?

    Calls tend to even themsleves out over time. Case in point, the Rockies-Padres game last year.

  • September 3, 2008

    11:30 AM

    Jeremy writes:

    Wow, anonymous...bitter much?
    You know that GAME was in 2007, right? It's now 2008. There are more important things to argue about than a fantasy world debating all the whatifs involved if Matt Holliday didn't score, the Rockies didn't advance, and your hopes and dreams weren't somehow crushed.

  • September 3, 2008

    2:16 PM

    Jason writes:

    Wow Jeremy....

    You KNOW that that "Rocktober" thing was in 2007, right? So, it doesn't matter at all. You do know that right? I laugh at all the so-called Rockies fans who think it's going to happen again this season.
    Put away your ideas that they're going to win anything. See, Arizona gets to play the Giants now, and the Rockies get to play a decent Atlanta team and then a Dodgers team that is turning things around.

    The fact that the Rockies made hay last year has no bearing on anything this year. The Rockies were both lucky and good last year. This year they're both awful and bad, plus they play in the worst division in baseball.

    The only reason they are 6 games out is because of how awful everyone else has been in the NL West too.

    Understand that, and you get it. Misunderstand and you're nothing but a complete homer.

  • September 3, 2008

    2:29 PM

    Ron writes:

    FACT: The Rockies will be at least 10 games back by the end of the season. Arizona will take the division by sweeping the Rockies in the last series of this season. The Dodgers will put up a good fight and will fall just short.

    The Rockies will just continue to suck.
    Matt Holliday will be traded on or around nect July 4th for a bag of batting practice balls.
    Garrett Atkins will demand a trade. He's gone.
    The Monforts will make a weird attempt at GeneRation R-2. Not gonna work fellas.

    This franchise is doomed for the next 50 years. It's the curse from screwing over the fanbase with the WS ticket fiasco last year.

  • September 3, 2008

    7:33 PM

    Mark writes:

    The NL West will end like this:

    1. Diamondbacks
    2. Dodgers
    3. Rockies (If they're lucky and the Giants don't catch them.)
    4. Giants
    5. Padres

    Next season, I expect the NL West to look like this:

    1. Diamondbacks
    2. Dodgers
    3. Padres
    4. Giants
    5. Rockies

    Face it people, the Rockies are done for good. Holliday will not be resigned. Cooke is not a #1 pitcher. He's always getting hurt. Atkins will want a payday that the Monforts will not give him. Hawpe will want a similar payday. Taveras is gone. Fuentes is gone. Francis is a shell of his former self, he'll be traded for much less than the Rockies could have gotten if they'd been smart and dealt him last offseason. Tulowitzki has clearly shown that he was a flash in the pan, a one year wonder. Big mistake to give him the contract he got. Ian Stewart will not be the same hitter without some of the above players protecting him in the lineup.
    The Rockies will be back to step one. Rebuilding. They had their chance last Fall and they blew it.

  • September 4, 2008

    9:22 AM

    Jeremy writes:

    Did you actually read my comment? I'm guessing no. See, for instance, the emphasis placed on "game". See additionally the references to "2007" and "2008". These are, of course, different years, since you may have missed it. On the flip side, see the complete lack of reference to "Rocktober". I think you may be angrily referring to someone else's comment, as your diatribe doesn't have anything to do with mine.

  • September 4, 2008

    10:11 AM

    Peter writes:


    Good comic but just one comment, why is the runner coming in from the first base side?

  • September 4, 2008

    10:43 PM

    Penfold writes:

    Peter, the runner is coming in from the 3rd base side. Look at the positioning of the batter's boxes. This toon has a perspective from behind home plate.

  • September 4, 2008

    10:46 PM

    Penfold writes:

    ....although it is true that Drew, well....drew home plate facing the wrong direction, so, yes, you have a solid point. But then, I can't draw like Drew, so I'll just leave it there. Must have been a late night at the drawing board....

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