He says instant replay is “just pathetic” after blown call.
1. But how do you really feel, Gary Cohen?
It’s not often a play-by-play man will drop the hammer on a league directly and ruthlessly, but Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen had enough of instant replay in Major League Baseball and let it rip Tuesday night.
After the first base umpire in the Mets-Orioles game blew a call at first base, the replay crew then blew the call again after taking a long look at the video.
Cohen’s anger was twofold. His disgust started with how long it was taking the umpires to review the play, in which Baltimore’s Ryan Mountcastle was called safe on the back end of double play even though he was out.
“These are the ones that just make you tear whatever hair you have left out. There’s just no reason for this to be taking so long. They’re worried about pace of play? Nothing slows down the pace of play more than this.”
Well, that was just the appetizer. Once the umps confirmed the safe call, Cohen gave us the main course.
“They take so much time and they get it wrong. I just don’t understand. How can that be? What is the point in having review if they don’t even get the calls right? It’s pathetic. It’s just pathetic. Just take the whole system and throw it in the garbage. … It’s a joke. It’s a total and utter joke.”
Here’s what made Cohen’s message so effective. He didn’t yell, he didn’t go crazy, no histrionics. He kept his voice at the same level at all times and just used his words and tone to make his point.
Of course, it’s a tiny bit easier for a baseball broadcaster to get away with crushing the league like this. MLB doesn’t quite have the kind of power over its televised universe that, say, football does. Imagine an NFL announcer saying those exact words on a telecast? Roger Goodell would drop the guillotine on that person in a heartbeat.
But still, props to Cohen for not pulling any punches.
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