I'm putting this in a fanpost since it's more a forum for discussion rather than an analysis. In any case, what are your thoughts on the new replay system so far this season? From my position, it really doesn't appear to be doing the game any good. Umpires are still botching calls and, even worse, getting them wrong even after taking a look at the replay. What do you all think about it?
The worst part of the new replay system might be the additional time it adds to the game. I noticed this phenomenon during Friday's game against Toronto. After essentially every close play, Toronto manager John Gibbons would slowly amble out from the dugout, stalling for every possible second. He'd look back to the dugout and wait until given a signal to either call for a replay or jog back to the dugout. Needless to say, he generally ended up jogging back to the dugout. When at the game on Saturday night, I witnessed the same deal, except this time I took a look at the clock each time Gibbons strolled out. Each of these unnecessary trips out to meet the umpires added up to over thirty additional minutes of game time. Thirty minutes is a pretty big deal when you play a game that routinely takes 3+ hours and extremely frustrating, considering that most of the trips were unnecessary in the first place. Imagine that in a Yankees/Red Sox game.
Will the MLB continue to let managers stop play several times an inning in order to wait on instant replay? This could rapidly become detrimental, as it slows the game down to a crawl and kills any momentum a team may have had before the stoppage.