Baseball to move ahead with instant replay
NOV 14, 2013 10:38a ET
Instead, most calls on the field next season will be subject to video review by umpires in New York.
MLB took the first vote in a two-step process Thursday, unanimously approving funding for expanded instant replay in 2014. They plan to approve the new rules when they meet again on Jan. 16 after agreements with the unions for umpires and players.
"We made a gigantic move today," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said. "This is quite historic."
Selig long opposed replay and watched from afar as it was first used by the NFL in 1986, the NHL in 1991, the NBA in 2002 and Wimbledon in 2006. Even the Little League World Series put replay in place for 2008.
MLB allowed it starting in August 2008 but in a limited manner: To determine home runs.
Now, virtually every decision likely will be subject to review, except balls and strikes, checked swings and some foul tips.
"Tag plays, out/safe at first, fair/foul past the bags, those are all going to be included," said Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer.
So no more blown calls, like Don Denkinger's at first base that turned Game 6 of the 1985 World Series or Jim Joyce's bad decision at first base that cost Detroit's Armando Galarraga a perfect game in 2010.
"We want to get more plays right, the ones that matter," Manfred said.
Manfred said when a manager wants to challenge a call, he will notify an umpire, triggering a review in New York by what are likely to be present or retired big league umps. A headset would be brought to the crew chief, who would be notified of the decision.
There will be a maximum of two challenges per manager in each game -- "it could be less," Manfred said -- and if the challenge is upheld it would not be counted against the manager's limit. If a manager is out of challenges, umpires probably will be allowed to request a review on their own.
"Getting more plays right can only enhance the game," St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.
Selig has emphasized that he doesn't want replay to slow games, whose increased length in recent decades has been targeted for criticism.
In tests last week in the minor Arizona Fall League, most reviews averaged 1 minute, 40 seconds.
How instant replay will work in 2014
-- Each manager will have a maximum two challenges per game.
-- If a challenge is upheld, it won't count against a manager's limit.
-- If a manager wants to challenge a call, he notifies an umpire before the next pitch.
-- A manager cannot call for a challenge after he argues a play.
-- Video will be reviews in New York, likely by current or former umpires.
-- If a manager is out of challenges, an umpire probably will be allowed to call for a review if he wants to.
-- Ball/strike calls, checked swings and some foul tip calls may not be reviewed.
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