Instant Replay: Too Much or Not Enough?

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Until recently, instant replay in Major League Baseball was limited to boundary calls involving home runs. Now, managers will have the opportunity to challenge one play per game, two if the first one is overturned. The list of what can be challenged has grown significantly compared to the single item: home runs.

Play’s that can now be challenged include: home runs, ground-rule double, fan interference, stadium boundary calls, force plays, tag plays, fair and foul in the outfield only, a trapped ball in the outfield, hit by pitch, timing play, passing of a runner, and record keeping.

This long list has some fans concerned that a baseball game will now be even more lengthy due to the replays. But will it be? With at most 4 plays being challenged per game and the minimal replays we see for home runs, having a significant amount of time added to the game is unlikely. The average time to review a challenge is 90 seconds. With that said, it seems as though there might be five to ten minutes added to a game. Is the change worth it? Is it too much or not enough?

Here’s what some of YOUR former Boise Hawks had to say …

“I think it’s a good thing as long as they don’t take too long to get the call right. I know they can’t replay everything and that’s a good thing. But replaying fan interference and home runs, I don’t see anything wrong with that, the umpires just want to get the call right.” – Jacob Rogers

“My initial reaction is that I’m in favor of it. We’ll only truly know how it’ll affect the game after we see it in action, but I like the idea of it. Baseball is the type of game where the entire season could hang in the balance of a split second decision and I think anything we can do to be sure the right call is made will only help the game” – Ian Dickson (now with the Washington Nationals)

“I personally really like the changes that were made to instant replay, making sure important calls are ruled correctly is essential. Nobody wants another Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce blowing his perfect game. There are still judgment calls and the human element that is baseball.” – Eddie Orozco

“I don’t agree with it, baseball is a game of inches and close calls by the umpires. I feel like replays are going to take away from the game. People already think baseball is hard to follow because it’s slow, now they’re going to add replays which will slow the game down even more. Personally, I say leave the challenges and replays to other sports and just let us play baseball.” – Rock Shoulders

“I think it’s a good thing to have finally. All major sports are going to it, and it’s something that we needed to have to go along with today’s technology. Now we will at least have close plays looked at and the correct call made. It also saves the umps from getting harassed.” – Cael Brockmeyer

“In my opinion I’m totally for the instant replay. Just like in other sports they can revert back to the replay to see what the right call should be. For baseball it would be to decipher whether or not that big play that just happened was fair or foul, safe or out, interfered with or legitimate. That would mean the difference of a World Series if you really think about it. Or what about the perfect game that was lost due to the bad call on the final out for Galarraga. This will also be a big help to the umpires so they don’t have so much pressure to make the split second decision that could ultimately change a game or a season. I think that this is going to help the game become as true as it can be in those regards.” – Pierce Johnson

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#WhatCanUBecome

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It’s been just one week since YOUR Boise Hawks left Boise for home. For some it had been a year since they had seen their families and for others a few months, but in either case YOUR Boise Hawks were looking forward to seeing their friends, family and getting the taste of a home cooked meal. In the short time the boys have been home, they have lived it up hitting the beach with the boys, taking the parents out to dinner, and playing with the niece and/or pups. While some of the boys went home knowing that they didn’t have to leave again until spring training, others knew that they had just one week with their friends and family before they would be back in Arizona for instructs.

For a lot of our young guys the day of travel came yesterday as they left their families once again to leave for Arizona. Today, September 17, 2012 begins the 2012 Instructional League for our young cubbies. Twitter has already flowed with their travel experiences and excitement to be back with some of their friends and teammates.

The Instructional League will start off with the normal one-on-one instruction, practice, with actual games beginning September 21. With YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks being the youngest team in their league, the Instructional League gives them the time, coaches and tools to look into specific aspects of their game and prepare for the next season. YOUR Boise Hawks participants include Jose Arias, Nathan Dorris, Pierce Johnson, Juan Paniagua, Willson Contreras, Justin Marra, Lance Rymel, Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, Trey Martin and Carlos Escobar (half of the final Boise Hawks 2012 roster).

Before I was able to talk to any of the guys there was one tweet that caught my eye from Chicago Cub, Dave Sappelt, “Just took BP with Albert Almora, the man’s looking good. #WhatCanUBecome.” Seems like a compliment on talent from someone who has already made it to the “Bigs.” What will these guys become? I will keep you updated throughout the post-season and on …

Here are a few updates on some of YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks

Carlos Escobar never got to go home. He was sent to Arizona for rehab just before the playoffs were over and will be participating in the Instructional League but not for another two weeks while he waits for his ankle to heal.

Rock Shoulders flew home, spent two days with his family and then went to Orlando to visit his friends. He also seemed to enjoy the time home with his pups! He will not be going to the Instructional League this season.

Ian Dickson was quickly thrown into college courses as he works to finish his degree. He has 12 weeks left in this “semester,” and will finish his degree in a future off season. Ian just celebrated his birthday September 16 and will not be in the Instructional League this season.

Eddie Orozco has enjoyed his family more than anything as well as his friends. He has found it hard to take his attention off of his niece but has still managed to make it to the gym and make time to hangout with friends. Eddie will not be in the Instructional League this season.

James Pugliese has been hanging out with his friends and family and enjoying his home cooked meals, although he says he misses Judy’s home cooked meals as well. He will be going to sign up for a class today, September 17, and will start lifting and running this week. “I’m excited.”

Bijan Rademacher was only with us for a short time in Boise but I figured we could use an update on him as well. He is currently in the Instructional League after finishing his season and spending a week at home. He had the chance to spend time with his family and work on his game before reporting to instructs. “I didn’t play as well as I had hoped but overall I look at my first season in pro ball as a success.”

Michael Heesch was caught off guard when I asked if he would be able to read to the children for KeyBank Reading Tree tomorrow, his response, “We could do it over FaceTime.” He is doing great and just as caring now as he was when he was still in Boise. I caught him on his way back from a fishing trip with his father. “It is nice being with my family, I miss playing every day though.”

Hayden Simpson has been spending plenty of time with his friends and family but Rianne Herron, his fiancé, seems to be most excited about his time home. “It’s been amazing to have him back home! He’s finally got to spend time with his soon-to-be niece. She was born at the end of April and he’s finally getting a chance to see her and spend time with her. His entire family and mine are so happy he’s back home for a while and having him back has taken a lot of stress from planning the wedding off of me! Plus it’s nice to be able to go on a date that doesn’t include a computer, Skype, or FaceTime.” The happy couple will get married before spring training on December 15, 2012.

Some will become graduates, some husbands and others uncles but they all will be returning to Spring Training 2013 and taking the next step in their journey to the Big’s figuring out just what they can become! I wish them all the best of luck in all they do and fans, I will continue to keep you updated as there is more to report.

Mr.Attitude

Mr. Attitude

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Courtesy of Scott McDaniel, Thank You!

Ian Dickson, a right handed pitcher from Northport, New York, is known for his great attitude both on and off of the field here in HAWKSTOWN USA. Ian was signed in the 35th round of the 2011 draft out of Layfayette College with one more year to finish his Economics major and Psychology minor which he plans to do over two off seasons. He missed his junior season in 2011 because he tore his left ACL and meniscus. Coming back from the injury was shocking at first due to the fact that he hadn’t pitched in a game since August 2010. “For the most part the biggest adjustment for me after returning from my injury was getting used to playing baseball everyday again.”  But here he is, on the mound and doing well.

Ian believes that the attitude his parents, Russell and Cathy, taught him when he was younger has played a huge part in his success both in his personal life and his career. “For as long as I can remember they’ve been teaching me the importance of hard work and dedication as well as the power of believing in myself and being confident.”

His attitude, hard work, dedication and confidence are all things that generate respect from his teammates. “I try to be a good teammate to everyone and I am really enjoying getting to play with these guys everyday. We have a great group of players and we all get along well.” It seems as though his teammates agree. Rock Shoulders says that Ian is both a great teammate and friend while Tayler Scott (who lives with the same host family) says “he’s a nice guy, never talks bad about anyone. He is a leader in his actions. One of the, if not the most hard working guy on the team. Always trying to get better everyday. And he is a great friend.”

In always trying to better himself, the most important thing for Ian is to stay focused and make the most of the time he has here. “I try to make sure I am working on something every time we throw, and I try to push myself whenever we condition. I want to look back on the opportunity and be able to say I gave it my best effort everyday and I did everything I could to reach my goals.”

Outside of baseball Ian enjoys going to movies, reading and going out on his boat. Usually on the fourth of July he would be having a BBQ with the family and watching fireworks. “This year I’m lucky enough to have my dad and brother in town and I’m looking forward to watching the fireworks with them.”

Happy Fourth of July!