Posted January 16, 2014

MLB approves expansion of instant replay

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MLB managers will get to two chances during games to challenge calls. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Major League managers could get two chances to challenge any disputed calls. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Major League Baseball teams unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay Thursday, and the changes will be in effect for the 2014 regular season and postseason.

Managers will start each game with one challenge. If correct on the first challenge, they would receive a second. Additionally, umpire crew chiefs can invoke replay starting in the seventh inning if challenges run out.

The replay command center will be at MLB headquarters in New York and won’t be handled by individual stadiums. The on-site umpires will not have video access to replays and will not leave the playing field to seek replay footage.


25 comments
Zimbear
Zimbear

I'm trying to picture the scale of this operation, with so many games going on simultaneously.  Will it be like when I call my cable company:  Sorry, we are busy processing other games right now.  Please hold for the next available umpire....

Hopefully Saturday Night Live can find a way to shed some light on this.

Zimbear
Zimbear

I'm glad they picked New York for the replay headquarters.  That's a nice, neutral site.  Although an anonymous site in North Dakota might be safer for the replay crew.

championbc
championbc

 I am glad they brought in something to slow down the breathtaking pace of Major League Baseball.  Four hour games will be such a relief.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Those in favor of instant replay for more accurate calls surely must be in favor of using the computerized pitch-track for consistent, accurate calls every pitch?

ML1
ML1

FINALLY!!! 


Oh yeah, I'm sure it'll ruin the game...just like it did with Football. Actually...no.

BlowPop852
BlowPop852

God there is allot of retarded comments here...

MrArlington
MrArlington

I don't like it. The human element is an important part of the game.

jworsr1
jworsr1

What good is "instant replay" if no one is in the seats watching the play in real-time???  Or on TV???


MLB has far bigger problems to solve than will be solved with "instant replay" and dozens of challenges!!!

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I'm generally a baseball traditionalist (hate the DH) but I think this is a good thing.  It will reduce the number of ejections and ultimately get a lot of calls right.  My only problem is if a Manager has run out of challenges and there is a grossly bad call it shouldn't be allowed to stand just because there are no challenges left.  


The other bonus is this will stick it to Joe West who likes to insert himself into games to feed the ego in his big fat head.  

nunEEE6
nunEEE6

you should get a 3rd challenge if call is reversed the first two times

Brucru
Brucru

Every play on the bases should be reviewed real time by an ump in the booth, and he should be given the ability to signal the umpires on the field that there should be a correction.  Generally replays reveal the true outcome of a play after the viewing of only one or two angles.  This "challenge" nonsense is a lame attempt at copying the NFL. Baserunners and where they are on the bases affect every pitch.

horsley1953
horsley1953

I think this goes against the baseball tradition of gathering insane stats :-). Instead of actually changing the outcome, they should simply use video replay to assign errors to umpires (which, I might add, wouldn't slow down the game at all). Then a hit might become an error when the video replay shows the umpire shouldn't have called the runner safe, a run might change to un-earned, etc. That's the way errors have always worked for players. Why shouldn't errors work the same way for umpires? And it would give statheads a whole new set of stats to play with and arguments to have about which umpires should be in the playoffs.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

can they go back and give Gallaraga his perfect game now?

I know they cant but they should 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

No, by gosh. I want to stay in the 19th century as Bud Selig intends.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@MrArlington and yet you're all for players jacking themselves up in inhuman ways with chemicals.  As I've asked you before:  Do you ever think about the things you think?

therantguy
therantguy

@jworsr1Hunh? TV revenue is WAY up...the economics of baseball have literally never been better...

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@nunEEE6 What is done if there is a gross error by an Ump and the manager is out of challenges?  Oh well, sorry that bad call will have to cost you the game b/c there are no more challenges.  The league office should be able to step in those cases.  

nunEEE6
nunEEE6

@Brucru agree. it's absurd, takes 10 seconds max even on the closest plays to figure out calls on the bases in real time, the pitcher wouldn't even have the ball back by then

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

@horsley1953 I just want the game to be called correctly. There is nothing worse than a game changing safe or out call being argued by umpires, players & managers for 10 minutes with no chance of the stubborn umpire changing the call. Some say it provides  theater and drama...I dont want that ..all I want is the right call on the field and lets play ball.  

JoeAbello
JoeAbello

@espnrefugee0218They should go back and rule fan interference on Derek Jeter's home run that Jeffrey Maier caught.