Joe Torre explains why we have to be careful about adding more replay
Torre, in his executive role at MLB, has gone back and forth on instant replay. “I thought it was a no-brainer to go fair or foul,” Torre said. “Then I started talking to umpire supervisors and technical people … unless we have the same number of cameras doing replay, then it’s not a level stadium.” Torre said that there are a lot more cameras in Yankee Stadium then Baltimore.
Torre also said that deciding where the runners go is a problem, because that will cause an argument and slow down the game. “I always encourage my umpires to call what they see,” Torre said.
Torre said that he didn’t get very close on baseball. He said he and his partner decided to step aside when former owner Frank McCourt told them he would not include the parking lots.
Torre talked about the pressure players put on themselves to get certain numbers. He said it was a distraction, citing on time Derek Jeter tried to get 20 home runs at the end of the season.
“Unfortunately, we glorify individual achievement,” Torre said.