Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Getting It Right

If you're a regular reader, you know I've played baseball, I've coached it, and I still enjoy watching it. Purists groaned when baseball introduced the "instant replay" and "challenges" a couple of seasons ago. The same thing happened in professional football, but it seems to have worked.

I've always respected umpires. They do a tough job, and seem to do it well. Oh, there are times I think they really blew a call, but they're getting better about asking another umpire, who might have had a better view of the play, for help. But I wonder how often a call of theirs is challenged and overturned.

The only figures I was able to find were for the season just concluded in the fall of 2014. At that time, when replays were reviewed because of challenges initiated by managers or questions from the umpires themselves, about half of the questioned calls were overturned. That sounds like a lot--but consider that the home plate umpire calls balls and strikes about 250 times a game (and these aren't subject to challenge). The umpires on the bases make calls over 50 times (and these usually can be questioned). So, on balance, maybe the umpires don't do such a bad job.

I complain from time to time (big surprise). But when I stop to consider the matter, maybe the things about which I'm complaining go as they should most of the time.

How about you? Would you like to have an "instant replay" of some things in your life? Do you think  the faceless entities like the phone and power companies about which we complain don't do such a bad job? What's your opinion?

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1 comment:

Patricia Bradley said...

Part of me wants to say, yes, I want a do-over on so many things! But if I did, I wouldn't be who I am now. Or where I am now. And I've helped quite a few people by sharing my mistakes. I've discovered thaqt God doesn't waste any experience. :-)