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The umpire who made perhaps the most infamous call of all thought Selig got it right.
Don Denkinger's missed call in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series -- like Wednesday night's play, it involved a pitcher covering first base -- helped cost the Cardinals a chance to clinch it. St. Louis later lost to the Kansas City Royals.
"No, you can't change it," Denkinger told the AP in a telephone interview. "It was Jim's call, and it's got to go down that way."
"You can't run from it, it's a part of life," he said.
In 1991, a panel headed by then-commissioner Fay Vincent took a look at the record book and decided to throw out 50 no-hitters for various reasons. None of them, however, involved changing calls made on the field.
The NFL, NBA, NHL and the NCAA all employed some form of replay before baseball started trying it late in the 2008 season, limiting its use to questionable home run calls.
On Wednesday night, hockey twice turned to replay to review possible goals in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
"Baseball being traditionalists, I guess they don't want to go that way, and that's fine by me. For us, it works out great," Chicago Blackhawks center John Madden said.
Added Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton: "Obviously, baseball's wishing they had it and the guy in Detroit wishes they had it."
Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia was among those who opposed additional replay in the majors.
"I think there's too many plays that are close that could possibly be up for review, and I think it would become dysfunctional," he said.
Soccer remains the biggest sport that wants no part of replay, which could become a focal point when the World Cup starts in South Africa later this month -- a tournament that will feature France and not Ireland because of a missed call.
French superstar Thierry Henry touched the ball with his left hand and arm before passing for to score the decisive goal in a playoff last November against the Irish.
FIFA said it could not review referees' decisions and declined to use replay in the wake of the hand ball.
Replay is a popular part of Grand Slam tennis, and the man who designed the Hawk-Eye system said it could work in baseball, too.
"All decisions in baseball could be resolved definitively and accurately without causing delay to the game," Paul Hawkins wrote from Britain in an e-mail to the AP.
"In my view, the main benefit of using technology in sport is that you want the story after the match to be about the contest and the players, not about the officials," he said. "If you want to make artificial stories out of 'creating controversy,' then you don't have much faith in the sport."
To Hawkins, there are several challenges to a sport deciding to rely more on electronic -- and not human -- eyes.
"Most governing bodies are made up of former players and do not have anyone with a technical knowledge to have an understanding of what is technically possible," he said.
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