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Umpires turned to video replay on HRs 26 times in 2010

by on Nov.12, 2010 @ 4:20 am, under NPB

The NPB Umpiring Department held a meeting yesterday to go over notes regarding the use of video replay this year.  While the system itself was praised by department chief Osamu Ino, it seems the ultimate goal for umps is to improve their skills in making calls instead of relying on the replays.

The video replay system was used a total 26 times this past season -- 18 in the CL (which includes 3 IL games that took place in CL parks) and 8 in the PL.  In 15 of those cases (15 in the CL and 1 in the PL) the call had to be reversed.  The park with the most replays was Tokyo Dome with 6.  The reason for that appears to be a problem in upper portion of the fence area.  The Umpiring Department is currently requesting that Tokyo Dome make corrections to the problems in order to help umpires make the right call.

A number of other issues were brought up during the meeting like being able to see replays from another camera angle and whether or not umps should look into replays when an umpire requests a check.  The Umpiring Department will meet again in January to discuss specifics on how / when video replay should be used in 2011.