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Which for the Marlins won't start until tomorrow.

Baseball’s replay central is an 18-by-24 foot room on the fifth floor of a former baking factory in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District that’s crammed with so many computers and television screens that it looks like NASA’s Mission Control.

Five monitors stretch across the top of the wall, and beneath are eight, 46-inch screens split into two rows. Each television can show one picture, or be split into nine, 16, 25 or 100 angles at once.

In the third row are two white Macintosh computers with 19-inch screens, each adjacent to a 26-inch TV.

My computer of choice is a Mac and all I can say is: if they are planning on using that useless "Silver Light" program, or whatever it is called, designed by Microsoft, they might as well donate the Macs to a local school cause the computers will be next to useless.

The room is called the NOC—the Network Operations Center for It’s where video from the 30 major league ballparks is already being collected, and will be made available to umpires starting Thursday to help them with home-run calls. Technicians can zoom in on replays, run them at any speed.


Baseball spent $2.5 million and two months installing fiberlink lines, monitors and dedicated telephones to link every ballpark with the NOC. Major League Baseball Advanced Media will now collect both teams’ video feeds from each game and send them here.

I guess it is good in principle that both feeds are being collected, but there is a rub.

Umpires will have access to all video collected by networks and by teams’ broadcast partners. Is it possible a broadcaster would withhold a video that’s unfavorable to its club?

“Of course you cannot tell them what to do,” Solomon said. “But we don’t expect anybody is going to impact the game in that fashion.

Maybe not.  But isn't unheard of that employees of a team game the system.

Example: when the Cardinals were playing the Tigers in the 2006 World Series they deliberately displayed the wrong numbers on the stadium radar gun in hopes of upsetting a Tigers relief pitcher.  Whether it had the desired effect, I don't know, but Zumaya didn't pitch as well as he did earlier in the playoffs.

Just saying.