Is MLB instant replay good for the game?


JULY 2015 – Since Major League Baseball (MLB) began using “instant” replay (instant used very loosely here), baseball fans have been asking if they like it.

Theoretically, I feel there is nothing wrong with getting close calls right, so I have enjoyed watching the managers pick their arguments more efficiently.  I do miss the funny and often showmanship antics of the Billy Martins or Earl Weavers, who intimidated umpires with their anger-filled spitting and dirt kicking.

Yes, I vote for keeping MLB instant replays, although, if possible, could we please get to a verdict sooner than four minutes? It has taken that long on a few calls this season.

In retrospect though, I am so glad that there was no instant replay during the 1985 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals.  As Cardinals fans still remember during this 30th anniversary year of the ’85 Series, a call at first base in the ninth inning of the sixth game that went in favor of the Royals when Jorge Orta was ruled safe by umpire Don Denkinger. That helped pave the way for the Royals to win that game and the next night won the World Series, 4 games to 3, with Bret Saberhagen pitching a shutout in Game 7.  By the way, if the Cards had won, they would have set a record for the worst team batting average (.185) for a winning team in World Series history!  Get serious!

On a personal note, if instant replay was available in 1980, I would have another single in my career hits column.

On July 26, 1980, I was playing shortstop for the White Sox in a game vs. the Texas Rangers at Comiskey Park in Chicago.  Gaylord Perry, a two-time Cy Young winner and future Hall of Famer, was pitching for the Rangers.  In the fifth, I hit a ball to the right side of the infield and Perry was covering first base to take the throw from the first baseman.  As Perry and I reached the bag at about the same time, I looked down and watched Perry miss the bag with his foot by about six inches.  First base umpire Dale Ford called me out and I went into a tirade!

surplusexchange.orgWhen White Sox manager Tony LaRussa arrived at first base to separate me from Ford, Ford announced to both of us, “Men, if I have ever made a worse call in a MLB game, I do not remember it.”  LaRussa and I stopped arguing immediately since Ford admitted his mistake. How can you continue to argue with an umpire who acknowledges a mistake?  Had instant replay been available that day though, I would have had another career hit!

Whether you are a MLB umpire, a college student, a business owner, or a housewife, according to web sources, the average amount of remotely conscious decisions that you make each day equals 35,000.  Some decisions are good ones and some might be not so good.

The bottom line is essentially everything that happens in your brain…every memory…every thought…every emotion …every innovation…every “wow, that’s great!”… is a result of the release of neurotransmitters.

Neurotransmitters are not drugs; they are natural substances made by nerve cells in your brain that transmit messages from one nerve cell to another across the synapse that divides them. That’s why they are called neurotransmitters. They are made the nutrients in your diet, but there is a very good chance even if you have a good diet, you’re not getting the optimum amount of the raw materials that your brain can use to make neurotransmitters.

Getting adequate amounts of the right amino acids, etc. from our diet or dietary supplements can help us make better decisions. One specific amino acid, L-phenylalanine (LPA), serves as a building block for the various proteins produced in the body.  LPA can be converted to L-tyrosine (another amino acid) and subsequently to L-dopa, norepinephrine and epinephrine. LPA improves communication between nerve cells and is a known booster to memory function.

Life Priority, Inc. offers many Designer Food® formulas of Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®.  Two of the formulas, LIFT™ and MIND™, were created to provide the body access to LPA, choline and other specific nutrients in adequate amounts that help the brain make valuable neurotransmitters.  Mix a serving of  LIFT™ and MIND™ together and drink each morning or right before lunch.  You will like the feeling!

Normally, life does not give us a shot at instant replay to correct our mistakes. Feed your brain and avoid making bad decisions—like the MLB umpire calling me out at first when I was really safe!

Article by ’85 World Series Champ Greg Pryor.  To discuss your sport, your diet or to get more info on health solutions, please contact Greg at

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