MLB exec defends replay: 'Technology takes awhile to work'
FoxSports.com reports that the head of baseball’s Internet company defends the sport’s new replay system.
Bob Bowman, chief executive officer of MLB Advanced Media, said Tuesday the system based at his company’s office has largely worked.
Through Monday, calls by umpires on the field have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges and overturned in 30. For 25 others, calls stood because of a lack of “clear and convincing'” evidence. And in one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count.
“Technology takes awhile to work,” Bowman said during a panel discussion at the MLB Diversity Business Summit. “I don’t know if you ever bought a new car. You don’t know how all that stuff works right away. And if you ever get a new phone, it takes you awhile to learn it. We’re under 30 days old, and I know we’ve arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us. And it must be great to be perfect the way ESPN is.”