This week’s question: Do you like the use of instant replay in baseball games? Why or why not?
My thoughts are that commissioner Bud Selig was correct in bringing in instant replay to judge fair-or-foul homeruns. But I think that the strike zone is where instant replay is most needed. Between injuries, steroids and suspensions, baseball's only hope is to keep the game as fair as possible. And in fixing the strike zone, they can avoid all arguments.
I think that instant replay is great because you can't always see everything with your eyes. Yes, there are still some glitches, but it's great to me.
-A Reader from Nebraska
Wait a minute. That’s it?! I guess Dugout Dispatch readers don’t care about instant replay. Luckily, I also asked you all for new baseball video game suggestions and I got some really awesome responses. Here are the best ones:
The name of my game is Foam Finger 2K9. You are a store helper and you are trying to help sell foam fingers. You can yell out for people to buy foam fingers or be a cashier. Also, you can be a fan in the stands. If you wave your foam finger really high you get more points.
-Nick, New Jersey
How about one where you are the broadcaster and have thousands of phrases to pick from. The Rock Band mike could also be used.
-A Reader from Canada
I have an idea for you: MLB Ballpark Designer, where you will play as a structural engineer, and build the ballpark of the future. You would earn points for using green energy methods and accessible parking, and you would lose points for over-priced or bad seats, bad parking, plumbing problems, etc.
-A Reader from Massachusetts
You create an umpire and work your way from umping little league games to high school to Little League World Seiries to college to minor leagues to THE BIG SHOW! Earn points by making good ball/strike calls, safe/out calls, and choose easy (with instant replay) or hard (no instant replay).
-A Reader from Nebraska
I already gave my baseball game ideas, so I’ll take it back to instant replay for a minute. I think for home runs it’s a fine idea, but I don’t want to see it go beyond that. I like that every day there is a different umpire, with a different strike zone. It’s part of baseball. If you’re going to have machines call the games, why not just have robots play?
Next week’s question:
Last week, Padres closer Heath Bell said this: “I truly believe ESPN only cares about promoting the Red Sox and Yankees and Mets – and nobody else. It's all about the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets.” Do you think he’s right? Do the Red Sox, Yankees, and Mets get too much attention?
Click EMAIL THE EDITOR at the bottom of this post and give me your answer. The best ones will be highlighted in the next Question of the Week!