Is it working? Is it making things better?
‘Better’ may be a subjective term, but there’s no doubt that instant replay is altering the outcomes of Major League Baseball games. Stat lines, game outcomes, and fan enjoyment are all being affected by the biggest rule change to baseball, and in this era of statisticians, some are going to want to analyze replay’s every outcome.
If you’re one of those people that needs to know just how many replays happened and were overturned, you’re in luck. The MLB Public Relations Twitter sent out this fairly comprehensive stat line regarding the use of replay in games this month.
1st month of expanded replay: 191 uses, w/ 85 calls overturned; 53 standing; 50 confirmed; 3 record-keeping. Avg. length: 2:06.
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) May 1, 2014
Replay is still a work in progress, and the intended duration of replay calls is supposed to be under 90 seconds. There are five months left for it to get down to that level.