Posted August 15, 2013

Report: MLB to accept radical changes in instant replay

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With instant replay coming in 2014, managers will be able to challenge calls. (Mark Duncan/AP)

With instant replay coming in 2014, major league baseball managers will be able to formally challenge calls. (Mark Duncan/AP)

Major League Baseball is set to accept radical changes in instant replay, reports USA Today.

The changes are expected to include manager’s challenges, but they won’t become official until the next quarterly owners’ meetings in mid-November. They are expected to be in place in time for the 2014 regular season.

A 75-percent vote is needed for approval by the owners and the players’ association, and umpires would also need to agree to any changes to the current system.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said it is “a historic day” in baseball.

“We’re considering much more than the trap play and fair/foul,” MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said at the owners’ meetings in May.

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Under the new system, managers will be allowed two challenges over the first six innings of games and one after the seventh inning. Officials at MLB headquarters in New York will make the final ruling on any challenge.


11 comments
ChrisBaker
ChrisBaker

Can you challenge out or safe on the bases?

Kubs
Kubs

No more managers blowing up at the umps? Bummer

joe6647
joe6647

MLB is a little late to the party.  They were beat to the punch by the notoriously slow FIFA and its goal-line technology

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Finally!  To the 5 - 10 people who oppose replay because it may "take too long" ...nothing is worse than obvious bad calls followed by a manager arguing with an umpire for 5 minutes....

This isnt the nfl, a replay should only take between 1 and 2 minutes.  This will help the game for sure.  Glad its finally happened.    

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

It would have been more historic to do it five years ago.

Once
Once

What an utterly stupid idea.


OF all the concepts for replay being kicked around over the years, this has got to be the most unworkable.  Was this silly notion advanced by those within MLB who don't want replay, and so picked an option that was guaranteed not to work?


I agree with BillFrain, this will do nothing but increase fans frustrations and delay games.


Just get it right.  All-the-time.  Put a guy in the booth watching all the video feeds and give him the authority to correct mistakes.  Period.


With so many devices to watch games on, with ever-increasing TV and MLBtv revenues, why not ensure that the viewing experience is optimal? 

BillFrain
BillFrain

there's nothing worse than the millions of us sitting home watching glaring mistakes by the umps, several which are either blind or batty.  it causes so much irritation it furthers my belief that technology must be employed in all sports...oh, wait.  THEY ALREADY USE IT IN THE OTHER SPORTS! they don't even need to add equipment.  just watch the local game feed!  my gosh, bud.  how goofy can you be?    and another thing...players oughta show some socks.  the sloppy pants look is, well, SLOPPY!

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Geeee, YA THINK?! There's a thing called technology  MLB. LEARN from it. DON'T be afraid of it.

joe6647
joe6647

@espnrefugee0218 The only people that didnt want expanded replay was the umpires union for fear it may take away their jobs

BamaNick37
BamaNick37

@BillFrain Yeah, I keep thinking a player will trip over his cuffs and fall.  The one other active sport to wear long pants is cricket, I think/