Report: MLB umpire team leaders to wear PA microphones in 2022
According to a source, Major League Baseball will microphones its team leaders starting in 2022. When there is a replay, the referee’s team leader will announce via PA microphones what is specifically disputed. After the review, the team leader will announce the final decision, along with the reason, regarding the public address system.
This was originally scheduled to happen in 2020. However, when the global pandemic shutdown hit, the league put that on hold. It has remained on hold in 2021, but will move forward in 2022. The league has yet to announce anything official at press time.
According to the source, this was due to happen in 2020. However, the day after the NBA announced the cancellation of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game on March 11 due to Rudy Gobert’s COVID-positive test result, Major League Baseball canceled the remainder of spring training. Four days later, on March 16, the league suspended the season indefinitely.
This is a change that several prominent experts, such as Rich Eisen, asked. Quite often replay reviews occur, with broadcasters having to guess what exactly is being reviewed. The PA Stadium advertisers in 2021 have announced which decision is being challenged, but it is generally vague. For example, the announcer will say that a team is contesting the call of “out” or “safe” at a base, but not what exactly made the runner out or safe. At the end, the referee will give the very basic pass / foul or safety / exit signal. With PA microphones on the team leaders, the whole stadium will learn the exact decision and its reasoning.