Not All Rays Happy About Expanded Instant Replay
Matt Moore Not Happy With Expanded Instant Replay System
The Tampa Bay Rays are tentatively scheduled to play six games during spring training with instant replay available. The first comes on March 7th at Toronto. Three of the remaining games will be against Boston Red Sox on March 10th, 16th, and 23rd. The other two games will be against the Minnesota Twins on March 18th and 24th.
The purpose of using replay in spring training is to test the on-field process, not the review process, and umpires have been instructed to make quick decisions during the games.
The use of expanded instant replay has generally been received by the majority of players, managers and front office personnel as a benefit to the game.
After all, who doesn’t want to get the call right – especially when the outcome of a game could depend on getting the call right. Apparently, Rays lefty Matt Moore is one of the few players on record as not looking forward to its use.
“Personally, I’m not [for replay]. Some of the greatest stories we know are when something bad happens to you and you got out of it. Not everything’s a layup. Being able to overcome the adversity is a part of the story. Yes we’d like to have every runner out who’s out, but at the same time, we’ve been on the [benefiting end] of that, as well as the team that got the call reversed.”