Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Major League Baseball owners have
unanimously approved the allocation of financial resources toward an expanded
instant replay system that would take effect for next season.
The move, which took place at the general managers and owners meetings in
Orlando, is the first step toward the expected implementation of the new
The owners will vote in January on final approval of the system, which would
allow all in-game circumstances with the exception of balls and strikes and
check swings to be reviewed and will give managers the opportunity to
challenge an umpire's call.
"We made a gigantic move today and I'm very pleased about that," MLB
Commissioner Bud Selig said.
The most recent proposal allows for managers to use up to two unsuccessful
challenges per game, with any challenge that overturns the umpire's original
verdict not counting toward that total. The initial plan, which was unveiled
in August, provided for only one challenge.
The owners still need both the Players Association and the World Umpires
Association to agree to the new expanded replay rules for them to be put in
Baseball's current replay system, which was instituted during the 2008 season,
is limited only to determining whether a disputed home run was fair or if fan
interference was involved.
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