I agree with Al: MLB games have to be shorter, and we need instant replay on more calls. However, these things seem to be at odds with each other. How will games get any shorter with more instant replay? Chances are, they'll get much longer. Look at the NBA playoffs - the 4th quarter felt like it doubled the length of the entire game.
What can the MLB do? I'm interested to hear ideas, so feel free to respond with your own.
I say the league needs to simultaneously implement instant replay and new time management rules. Al's ideas on keeping batters in the box, enforcing the 12 second rule and limiting mound visits would certainly help. Instant replay will cut down on lengthy manager/ump altercations, (but the replay process could potentially take longer than 30 seconds of cussing at each other).
Could the MLB cut down on commercial time and raise the price of shorter ad space to maintain the same revenue stream? Perhaps incorporate more in-game advertising? You don't want every pitch brought to you by insurance (not knocking sponsor Jeff Vuk) or a car dealership, but there seems to be room to create more revenue as the game is played.
I can't think of much more beyond what Al offered up the other day. But, again, the key for me is - if the MLB expands instant replay. they have to adjust the game to - at the bare minimum - neutralize the additional time the replays will take.