Expanded Replay Approved Unanimously By Baseball Owners

January 17, 2014
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The 30 Major League Baseball owners on Thursday unanimously approved an expansion of baseball’s instant replay regulations, effective with the 2014 season.

The deal was approved late Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Umpires Association.

Disputed home runs will still be reviewed under existing rules, and will not fall under the umbrella of challenges to be allowed to team managers.

The rules will limit managers to a possible two challenges per game, although they will begin a game with one challenge.  If a manager correctly challenges a play, he will be “awarded” an additional challenge.  If his initial challenge is not upheld, the game’s umpires would not have the authority to review a call involving his team until the start of the seventh inning.

ESPN.com reports that reviewable calls will now include ground-rule doubles, fan interference, stadium boundary calls, force plays – except for the second-base “neighborhood” plays, tags, outfield fair and foul calls, outfield trap plays, hit batters, timing plays, appeals on touching bases, passing runners and record-keeping.

Replay officials in New York City will make the final rulings.  Teams will be allowed a “video specialist” in their clubhouses, and both the home and visiting teams will be required to have access to the same video feeds.  Officials plan to standardize the technology in all Major League parks to assure that the same twelve camera angles will be available to replay officials in every venue.

Owners did not finalize rules regarding collisions at home plate, pending an agreement with the players’ union on the wording of the regulations.

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