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Why baseball has gotten a lot less fun to watch this year
Why baseball has gotten a lot less fun to watch this year

Devoted baseball fans surely have noticed that a certain tradition has been missing from the game this season. Yes, it's those volcanic, spittle-flecked donnybrooks between managers and umpires that used to lend so much sudden drama to the action on the field. The culprit is obvious: instant replay. It's not that there are fewer close calls on plays provoking managers to come bounding out of the dugouts. It's just that when they meet up with the offending umpire, there's nothing to argue. Instead of turning around the bills of their caps and going nose-to-nose, they hold a decorous little chat until the bench coach, examining his own replay, can decide whether the...

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