'It's all going in the wrong direction': Ozzie Smith on the way baseball is changing

The 15-time All-Star says too many decisions are being made by people who never played in the Majors

KMOX Profiles
August 19, 2019 - 7:23 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Baseball is not the same game it was 10, 20, 30 or more years ago. But is it changing for the better with instant replay, pitch clocks, defensive shifts, and more home runs and strikeouts? That's up to each fan of the game to decide for themselves, but we wanted to ask one of baseball's greats what he thought. 

Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinals short stop Ozzie Smith join Mark Reardon on KMOX and answered that question. 

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"I think now what's happening is you're starting to allow people who have never played the game to make the rules in the game. Which I think is hurting the game a lot," Smith says. "There has to be a human element to what we do. I think one of the things that instant replay is done is it has shown how good umpire are at making a decision in a split second. 

"I think baseball is a game that has its own pace. Now there are certain little things that you can do to speed it up, but I think that it's all going in the wrong direction."

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All week on KMOX from Aug. 19-23 you’ll hear from a number of Cardinals Hall of Famers everyday throughout Total Information AM, The Charlie Brennan Show, The Mark Reardon Show and Total Information PM. It’s all leading up to this Saturday’s enshrinement ceremony of three new Cardinals Hall of Famers: Scott Rolen, Jason Isringhausen and Mort Cooper. 

Take a listen to the full conversation between Smith and our Mark Reardon in the audio at the top of this page. 

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