PHOENIX (AP) -Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, a staunch opponent of instant replay, is willing to let major league general managers examine whether it should be used.
``I don't like instant replay because I don't like all the delays. I think it sometimes creates as many problems or more than it solves,'' Selig said Friday night during Game of the NL championship series. ``But I am willing to say we'll at least talk about these if people want to talk about it. I'm going to let the general managers discuss it, let them come back and make recommendations. No, I'm not a big advocate of instant replay.''
General managers meet from Nov. 5-8 in Orlando, Fla. Rockies manager Clint Hurdle says replays would cut down on arguments and speeds games.
``No, it would not shorten the game,'' Selig said. ``In the other sports that use it, one thing we can be assured of is it hasn't shortened the games. It takes time. But look, you won't say you wouldn't consider something. There are controversial decisions, and I understand it. But this has been going on 130 years, too. So, we'll see.''
Four times this season Hurdle thought the Rockies were robbed of a home run by an umpire's incorrect decision, including a crucial seventh-inning call in Colorado's 13-inning win over San Diego in the NL wild-card playoff when Garrett Atkins hit a line drive that appeared to clear the left-field wall before bouncing back into play.
On another topic, Selig didn't find it surprising that three of the four teams left in the playoffs are small spenders. Boston, second to the New York Yankees with a $144 million opening-day payroll, is the only big spender left.
Cleveland was 23rd among the 30 teams at $62 million, Colorado ranked 25th at $54 million and Arizona was 26th at $52 million.
``I don't think there's anything freakish about it at all. I think it's something we set out to do a decade ago and through a lot of economic reforms we got to where we are,'' Selig said Friday night during Game 2 of the NL championship series between the Rockies and Diamondbacks.
``I'm satisfied that this is not just an aberration,'' Selig said. ``Other clubs with low payrolls had very good years. Well, this couldn't happen in the '90s.''
Selig said savvy teams have proven that building from within can be successful.
``Money is important, and nobody understands that better than I do. But I think what you've seen is management looking at things differently and some clubs doing things differently,'' he said. ``And so I don't think it's bad that you've got three teams left standing that aren't big spenders.
Selig was concerned about poor ratings. Colorado's Game 1 win Thursday was easily the least-watched LCS prime-time game ever, and Game 2 didn't start until 10:19 EDT.
In the division series, baseball avoided early afternoon starts.
``This is tough. I worry a lot about these things,'' Selig said. ``And we go back over and over. The division series is a nightmare. And we just can't win, no matter what we do. We've got three or four games (on the same day) and sometimes just to get them all in is tough. We don't like it. Our ratings so far have been good. They really have been spectacular. They're ... up 26 percent in the division series. We'll see how these all play out.''

Recent MLB Discussions

dod 1st 5 thats it on Thu, Oct 2016 by Timmy1961
dod/cubs on Thu, Oct 2016 by Michael Cash
mlb early play on Wed, Oct 2016 by sharkey11

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Kershaw tries to keep visitors' run going The Cubs seized a 3-2 edge in the NLCS by winning Games 4 and 5 in Los Angeles. Will Clayton Kershaw be able to save the Dodgers’...
Thumbnail North Siders' bats rise as NCLS progresses Anthony Rizzo is still batting well below .200 in the playoffs. Yet the Chicago first baseman seems to be heating up at precisely...
Thumbnail Hosts ask Urias to give them 3-1 NLCS edge Tonight, Julio Urias will make history in Game 4 of the NLCS. The Dodgers simply hope that it’s for all the right reasons.
Thumbnail Francona needs relief corps to thrive again The Blue Jays suddenly have life in the NLCS. Now, though, can they truly put fear in the Indians and send the festivities back to northern...
Thumbnail Arrieta tries to lift visitors at Chavez Ravine After getting punched in the mouth in Game 1 of the NLCS, the Dodgers struck back on Sunday night. Can they keep running with the Cubs as the action...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages