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Major League Baseball “Confident” in Expanded Replay Next Season

July 17th, 2013 at 5:02 PM
By Cody Fields

Major League Baseball is poised to expand its instant replay system for the 2014 season, Sports Illustrated reports.

MLB rules, instituted beginning in the 2008 season, currently only allow for replays initiated by umpires on disputed home run calls. Any changes, which would need to be agreed upon by the players and umpires unions, would likely cover fair-foul calls and trap plays.

"We're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014," MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre said.

Torre is on a replay subcommittee along with Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, and he says that every possibility is being considered. An NFL-style system with managerial challenges could come into play.

"We certainly don't want to get stuck in the mud saying we're not going to do anything when technology is out there saying that we can improve it somewhat," Torre said. "We've got to decide, how much replay do we want? Because if you start doing it from the first inning to the ninth inning, you may have to time the game with a calendar."

Baseball's team owners will meet next week in Cooperstown to discuss potential rule changes.

 

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, instant replay, Joe Torre, John Schuerholz, MLB, Tony La Russa

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