MLB Could Get Video Replay Next Season

Managers would get 3 challenges per game in 2014

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 16, 2013 1:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – It looks as though Major League Baseball will dramatically increase its use of video replay next season to curb blown calls. Though the plan requires 75% approval with owners, as well as approval from both player and umpire unions, it's so far been met with praise, the Boston Globe reports. The change would give managers three challenges per game—one in the first six innings, two afterward—with each retained on a winning challenge. "It’s historic. There’s no question about it," says commissioner Bud Selig.

And despite concerns about game disruptions, officials say the replay may actually speed up play; each review is expected to take less than 90 seconds, while arguments over calls often last longer than three minutes, USA Today reports. The Braves president, who sits on the replay committee, says 89% of past incorrect calls would be reviewable under the new plan; balls and strikes would not be. A crew at MLB headquarters will have the final say, reports the AP. The league currently uses video replay on a limited basis, to review controversial home runs.

Major League Baseball umpire Brian Runge stretches before a baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Houston.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
Umpire Bill Welke calls Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce safe at home plate during ninth-inning MLB baseball game action in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim)
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