Cooperstown, NY (Sports Network) - MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced
Thursday at the quarterly Owner's Meetings that Major League Baseball plans to
expand instant replay beginning in the 2014 season.
For the first time, managers will have the opportunity to challenge an
umpire's call. They will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings
and two from the seventh inning until the conclusion of the contest.
Challenges not used within the first six innings will not carry over and if a
manager wins a challenge, he will be able to retain it.
"It's worked out remarkably well. It's historic. There's no question about
it," Selig said of the proposal.
Instant replay is currently being limited to just boundary calls involving
"(This is a chance) for baseball to dramatically reduce the number of
incorrect calls that are made in any game that impacts the outcome of that
game and hence the outcome of division races," Atlanta Braves president and a
member of the replay committe John Schuerholz said. "We believe that not only
is it historic, but it will be impactful and very meaningful and useful."
The proposal will be voted on by the owners in November.
A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval. The Major League
Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association also have to
agree to any changes to the current system.
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