09/08/2008 4:03 PM ET
Michael Young: Upon further review
Rangers shortstop understands the trickiness of homer calls
Instant replay is now part of the game, and I'm for it -- as long as it remains in its current form.
Everyone has an opinion about it. I personally don't mind instant replay in its present capacity. I just don't want to see it go beyond this. Right now, it's for home-run calls, and I feel pretty strongly that it should remain for home-run calls only.
You can look at allowing replay into the game as a slippery slope, or just the beginning, but I'd like to see it stay put. I don't think we should involve it in more types of plays. It's fine the way it is. If we can get a call correct on a home run that has game-changing implications, then all right. Anything beyond that, I'm not in favor of it.
I don't know if I've necessarily seen more controversial home-run calls this year than in years past, but there were three or so tough calls in a short span near the beginning of this season. That sparked a media-type firestorm about instant replay. You think to yourself, "Here we go." It can happen that quickly.
The process worked the way it should work. I don't think it was rushed. The conversation had started before this season. Then you had those instances earlier this season, and that seemed to push it over the top. I don't think this decision was rushed. I think it was handled the right way.
As a middle infielder, I stand a similar distance with the umpires from where they need to make some of these home-run calls. For me, I don't have to follow the flight of a ball. They do. It's not an easy call to make from a distance like that.
At the end of the day, you want the call to be right. That will happen more often now because of instant replay in its present form.
All-Star shortstop Michael Young, nearing the completion of his eighth MLB season, is among those players in favor of the use of instant replay. Last November, general managers called for use of the technology in a 25-5 vote, and on Aug. 26, MLB implemented instant replay through the remainder of the regular season and postseason.