Regner: No more arguing in baseball
We all know that there’s no crying in baseball.
Now, thanks to the new replay challenge, apparently there’s no arguing in baseball anymore either.
As Tigers fans revel in two successful replay challenges of manager Brad Ausmus during Wednesday’s 2-1, extra-innings victory over Kansas City, consider this:
Gone are the days when a portly, middle-aged manager storms out of the dugout in hysterics to protest an umpire’s call.
That’s right, say goodbye to temper tantrums that would make a toddler envious. No more yelling, kicking, screaming and spitting.
Ausmus pretty much confirmed this after Wednesday’s game, when he told reporters his strategy when asking for a replay challenge.
"I’m really just taking my time getting out there so I can get a determination from our video room whether to use the challenge," he said. "It’s a little awkward because I get out there and I don’t really have much to say.
"Screaming and yelling just doesn’t make sense to me. I’d be more likely to ask them (the umpires) where they were going for dinner if I knew I was going to use a challenge."
The Dartmouth-educated skipper is right. Why would a manager verbally assault an umpire when he has a challenge?
Instead, under the new rules, a manager should do exactly what Ausmus described: saunter out from the dugout, and when he eventually makes his way to the umpire, he should look down at the ground and sheepishly say, "I’m going to challenge that call."
But is this really baseball?
Our creed in Detroit is, "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet." It’s not, "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Replay."
Part of the attraction and fabric of the game is the confrontation between umpires and managers. It’s spontaneous, intense, comical and harmless.
Screaming and yelling just doesn’t make sense to me.
And it’s an essential part of the game. Umpires should be respected, but they should also be polarizing figures.
I have never been a fan of replay because I like the imperfections of our species. We are never 100-percent correct. Never.
And no matter how many angles you have of a play or how much technical mumbo-jumbo you possess, the final determination is made by the eyeballs of a human being.
They say to err is human; to forgive, divine. And let me add that a baseball argument is simply sublime.
Unfortunately, baseball hasn’t only turned the page with replay challenge; it’s closed the book on its colorful past.