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Expanded Instant Replay Coming to Major League Baseball in 2014

August 15th, 2013 at 3:39 PM
By Cody Fields

After meeting with representatives from all 30 Major League Baseball teams, commissioner Bud Selig announced that expanded instant replay review is coming to the game, Yahoo! Sports reports. The proposed measure will be voted on in November.

MLB vice president Joe Torre presented the ideas to the teams on Wednesday; the teams then discussed the matter Thursday.

''I'm proud of them,'' Selig said of the replay committee. ''It's worked out remarkably well. It's historic. There's no question about it.''

Under the proposal, managers would have one challenge through the first six innings and two from the seventh through the completion of the game. Challenged calls will be taken completely out of the umpires' hands and ruled upon by a replay crew at MLB headquarters in New York City.

Challenges would be initiated by the manager to the crew chief or home plate umpire. Reviewable plays will still be able to be argued (and ejections won't necessarily die off).

''We believe this will be very impactful and very, very meaningful and useful for all sides,'' Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz said. ''Managers will have a new tool that they'll have to learn how to use.''

Schuerholz has been on the instant replay committee with Torre and Tony La Russa. He says 89 percent of incorrect calls will be reviewable.

Training will begin for umpiring crews in the Arizona Fall League and carry over into Spring Training before being officially implemented in the 2014 playoffs. Schuerholz also said adjustments will be made for the 2015 season.

The current replay system averages about three minutes to complete a call on boundaries and disputed home runs, but Schuerholz said that will be reduced to about one minute and 15 seconds per call.

At the vote in November, 75 percent of owners must agree to the change, and the player and umpire unions will have to give their okays.



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