Good news for baseball fans currently living in the 21st Century: it appears as though Major League Baseball is finally going to expand the use of instant replay, beginning next season.

MLB caught up with every other sports organization in North America in 2008 when it started using video replay, but only to confirm or deny potential home runs. The newest implementation will be used for trapped balls and calling fair or foul on balls hit down the line. Surprisingly, and perhaps most importantly, video replay will not be used on safe and out calls or balls and strikes.

While I’m glad to see Bud Selig finally relenting and catching baseball up to at least the mid nineties, it’s utter ridiculousness that they would exclude safe and out calls from the video replay equation. I understand that video replay for balls and strikes would be tedious and really only serve to make things even harder on umpires, but safe and out? That’s vital.

If MLB is worried about video challenges interrupting games or extending them, simply do what the NFL does and limit the number of times a manager can request a replay during the game. In fact, no one ever complains about the instant replay delays in the NFL, NBA or the NHL for the simple reason that it ensures that the call is made correctly, so I’m not sure where baseball’s hesitancy is coming from.

What makes this all the more puzzling is how progressive MLB has been with its online presence and digital media. In fact, it’s almost remarkable that an organization can be so advanced in its use of modern technology as a means of increasing its market share, but would then shy away from using other advances to actually ensure that their product is legitimate and genuine.

I’m not being facetious when I say that I would love to hear a reasonable explanation of why video replay wouldn’t work for deciding if a player was safe or out.

And The Rest:

Today in shocking and appalling: Adrian Gonzalez and the Boston Red Sox have come to terms on a contract extension that will pay the first baseman $154 million over seven years. As everyone knows the Red Sox waited to put pen to paper on the agreement until the season was underway so as to avoid increased luxury taxes.

Today in Jesus is clearly on his way back to earth news: Jon Heyman wrote one of the smartest, most passionate pieces I’ve read in some time on why Barry Bonds deserves to be in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Put simply, “A baseball Hall of Fame would be empty without Bonds.” Fantastic work.

Adam Kennedy batted in the clean up spot for the Seattle Mariners last night.

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been placed on the Disabled List with leg weakness.

In all likelihood, New York Yankees reliever Pedro Feliciano will have to call it a season due to arm troubles.

I’ve been working on a post for a while now called What Managers Get Wrong, where I was going to go through ten things that managers do that they really shouldn’t. Scott McKinney of Beyond The Box Score totally beat me to the punch in his very excellent The Definitive Sabermetric Guide To Managing.

Michael Pineda nastiness.

It’s time for the fans of the Colorado Rockies to stand up and do something for their team, if not because Troy Tulowitzki has become the greatest player in baseball, then because the author of this story was clearly out of angles to write about the Rockies and suggested it.

What are the odds of a good team having a bad year?

FanGraphs takes a look at a strange phenomenon occurring thus far this season.

Johnny Damon talks frankly and earnestly about Cooperstown. Which reminds me of that joke from The Long Kiss Goodnight, where Samuel L. Jackson is all like, “I’m always frank and earnest with women. Uh, in New York I’m Frank, and Chicago I’m Ernest.” Sixteen year old Dustin thought that was height of hilarity.

Baseball Reference looks at sluggers in their late twenties.

Missing: Phil Hughes’ velocity. If you come across it, please contact the New York Yankees.

Finally, this has been making the rounds for the last week or so, and it would be silly to have a baseball blog and not post it, so yeah, here you go: