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It's Time for Baseball to Use Instant Replay

October 18, 1986

I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing championship baseball games decided by the errant calls of the officiating crew. In the 1985 World Series, the game and Series were decided by the botched call of a first-base umpire. This year, in the fifth game of the National League playoffs, Nolan Ryan was cheated of a 2-1 victory in nine innings, again by the botched call of a first-base umpire in the second inning. The Mets then went on to win in 11 innings.

Professional football has already incorporated the instant replay on controversial calls. The technology is certainly at hand, and I say let's put some integrity back into the game of baseball by relying more on visual evidence than the sometimes incompetent or prejudiced call of a game official.

H.S. HAMLIN

North Hollywood

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