MLB's Bud Selig on 2014 Expanded Instant Replay: 'It's Historic'

Major League Baseball will expand instant replay in 2014 to reduce the incidences of incorrect calls. MLB commissioner Bud Selig labels it as a "historic" event.

Aug 16 2013, 12:51am CDT | by

MLB's Bud Selig on 2014 Expanded Instant Replay: 'It's Historic'
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Major League Baseball is planning to extend instant replay in the 2014 season. 

This development took place on the last day of the quarterly Owners' Meetings, per MLB.com. A committee composed of Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholtz and former MLB managers Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa suggested an increase in the number of plays that can be reviewed, which are currently limited to boundary home run calls.

Schuerholtz said this will eventually decrease the number of incorrect calls which have implications on MLB division races. 

"[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 thag game and hence the outcome of division races. We believe that not only is it historic, but it will be impactful and very meaningful and useful."

The Associated Press' John Kekis, who writes the proposal will be voted on by the league's 30 teams in November, quotes MLB commissioner Bud Selig, who couldn't be any prouder. 

"It's worked out remarkably well. It's historic. There's no question about it." 

If the expanded replay rule materializes, managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings and two from the seventh inning until the game comes to an end, per Kekis. Calls in question will be reviewed by a crew from the MLB headquarters in New York City, which will decide on how they will go. 

A manager will end up losing a challenge if it is unsuccessful. However, he gets to keep it if a call is overturned. Reviews of home runs can still be requested even if a manager runs out of challenges. 

With all of these, Tampa Bays manager Joe Maddon is all for expanded instant replay. 

"This is the time. It's time to make the right decision. It was not available several years ago. So, just live with it, understand it. It makes things better. It makes things more accurate, so what's wrong with that."


 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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