On Jan. 16 all 30 Major League Baseball clubs unanimously approved expansion of instant replay.
Each manager will have at least one challenge and if the play is overturned, they will have the ability to challenge one more play during the game. However, the maximum amount of challenges per game is two. Home runs and other boundary calls will be under the same protocol that MLB previously had in place.
With expanded replay, clubs will now be allowed to show all replays on the scoreboard regardless if the manager elected to review the play.
"I am very pleased that instant replay will expand to include additional impactful plays," Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. "The new system will give managers valuable recourse in potentially game-changing situations. The opportunity for our fans to see more replays in our ballparks is also an important modification that the Clubs and I favored.
"I thank the Major League Players and Umpires for their cooperation with this change, which will serve our shared game well. I also extend my gratitude to John Schuerholz, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Peter Woodfork and Chris Marinak, all of whom worked extremely hard to make this highly complicated task a reality."
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With the new rules in place, White Sox manager Robin Ventura has made it easier for the club to know which plays are reviewable by placing a chart in the team's spring training dugout.
CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes tweeted out this picture of the placard:
As you can see the list of challengeable plays include:
- Force play
- Tag play
- Fair/foul in outfield only (behind umpire)
- Catch play in outfield only (behind infielder)
- Hit by pitch
- Timing play
- Touching a base (requires appeal first)
- Passing runners
- Ground rule double
- Fan interference
- Stadium boundaries (skywalk, fielder into stands, etc.)
The list of plays that aren't challengeable include:
- Catcher collision
- Home run
- Ball-strike count to batter
- Outs and score
- Rules check
- Book award for runner
The White Sox first instant replay game is Tuesday, March 11 against the Texas Rangers. Also, the team's game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, March 18 will be televised on Comcast SportsNet with instant replay in place.