While many MLB fans are concerned with what the umpires are seeing, it seems baseball is more concerned in what they are saying—which is why the MLB may soon be giving umpires microphones to explain replays to fans.
Or at least one of them as, according to the Associated Press, officials and the league are exploring the idea of having the crew chief wear a microphone in order to “explain calls on the field in regards to replay reviews.”
“Under one possible scenario, they would start at the All-Star Game on July 11 in Miami, tweak the process over the season’s second half and then go forward with the experiment in the playoffs.”
Getting a little more explanation may not necessarily be a bad thing. This could not only answer the questions of fans and analysts, but viewers can have a better understanding of the game altogether.
Of course, having an umpire with the ability to get “chatty” while explaining a call will not help with the pace of play that Commissioner Rob Manfred is working to shorten and wouldn’t be good for the game.
And those mics better have at least three-second delay, because the words “strike three” are often immediately followed by a four-letter word…and that would be even worse.