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Dodgers And Angels Make History With First Mic’d Umpire



The Dodgers and Angels will be wrapping up the Freeway exhibition series tonight in Los Angeles. With just one more game to go until the season officially kicks off, anticipation is building. And the whole stadium should be rocking on Wednesday night before they send their team off to Colorado to face the Rockies. 

But Monday night offered a different bit of excitement. The Dodgers and Angels made history by being the first big league team to experience umpires wearing microphones for the review process. That was the latest addition for the officiating crew this offseason in an effort to get fans more involved in the process.

The play in question came after Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor was hit on the knuckle by a pitch. The Angels challenged the call that he had been hit, which was not overturned. CT3 was awarded first base as a result. 

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Dodgers announcer Joe Davis joked about it with an NFL reference, and it does very much feel like a football rule. But fans seemed to react well to it, and it does help fans to feel better connected. Previously, fans in the stadium were not often privy to what was being reviewed or often which team was asking for the review. 

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Look forward to much more of this during the 2022 season, and get used fans being very vocal with umpires as they announce the decision. 

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