How will instant replay affect baseball?

How will instant replay affect baseball?
August 17, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Instant replay has been a furious topic of debate in baseball over the previous couple of days as MLB has taken a huge step toward expanding the tool in 2014.

While some purists still have issue with this 21st Century technology being implemented in the 21st Century, most would agree that instant replay is necessary in this sport nowadays.

There is another issue though: how many challenges should actually be awarded per game and at what liberty should managers be able to use them?

Lou Merloni outlined the problem on The Baseball Show, stating the proposed system may be ripe for abuse.

"I think it's too much. I like instant replay, I like getting the call right, but three challenges?

"You get one in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh and on, what's going to stop me from going up against David Price who is locked in for five innings and it's the top of the sixth inning, he's on the mound, there's a close call at first and you're like 'Yeah he was out, but you know what, screw it'," Merloni said. "I'm going to go out there and argue and cause this commotion and ask for instant replay because I can have David Price sitting on the mound for five minutes as a strategy to try to get this guy to lose his rhythm."

Do you agree with Lou? Should the system be changed? Is instant replay necessary to expand at all? Have at it in the comments section below.