Unanimous approval brings replay to baseball for 2014
Major League Baseball Owners Okay Expanded Replay
By Mike Leslie, Sports Anchor/Digital Journalist - email
Major League Baseball's owners unanimously approved expanded use of instant replay for the 2014 season and postseason on Thursday. The decision came at the conclusion of the quarterly owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
The MLB Players' Association and World Umpires Association both have approved the expanded replay as well.
The following plays will now be subject to review, in addition to home runs: ground-rule double; fan interference; stadium boundary calls; force play (except a fielder's touching on second base on a double play); tag play; fair/foul in outfield only; trap play in outfield only; batter hit by pitch; timing play (whether a runner scores before a third out); touching a base (only when appealed); passing runners and record keeping (ball-strike count to a batter, outs, score, and substitutions).
Each manager will be allowed to challenge at least one call per game. If he's right, he gets another challenge. After the seventh inning, a crew chief can request a review on his own.
The so-called ''neighborhood play'' at second base on double plays cannot be challenged. Many had safety concerns for middle infielders being wiped out by hard-charging runners if the phantom force was subject to review.
All reviews will be done by current MLB umpires at a New York office. Additional umpires will be hired to create a large enough staff.
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