It was just 95 days ago that Joe Girardi decided he'd had enough, seen enough, been wronged enough. "Let's have instant replay," the Yankees manager said pointedly, after a blatantly wrong call at second base, in the eighth inning of a one-run postseason baseball game. "And not just home run, fair, foul. Let's have instant replay. … In this day and age, when we have instant replay available to us, it's got to change." Well, here we are, three months later. And, by all accounts, more baseball people than ever feel the way Joe Girardi feels. But you know what's changed? Nothing. Not for 2013, anyway. The next baseball season is now only about 10 weeks away. But there's a better chance that Willie Bloomquist will lead the league in homers than there is that any call other than a disputed long ball will get spun through the replay machines this season. "I don't see it happening at all in 2013," said one baseball official this week. "There is very little likelihood, or, to be honest, no likelihood, that we'll see expanded replay in 2013." That's the bad news. But now the good news: At some point over the horizon, baseball is inching toward a system of vastly expanded replay -- just the kind of system, in fact, that Girardi was dreaming of three months ago. It's a system that could lead to the review of all sorts of calls: on plays at the plate. Plays at first base. Plays at every base. Not 50 of them a game. But enough, theoretically, to satisfy the people who have been griping for years that baseball was stuck in a technological time warp on this front. It's apparent now that that's coming. Just not yet. Sorry.
The future of MLB replay
ESPN | Jan 17