Instant replay in baseball is picking up steam.
All 30 Major League Baseball clubs unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay, which will take effect for the 2014 season. The MLB Players Association and World Umpires Association are also on board.
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Each manager will have at least one challenge and, much like NFL coaches with their red challenge flag, the manager can retain a challenge if he wins the first. However, there is a maximum of two challenges per game.
“I am very pleased that instant replay will expand to include additional impactful plays,” commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “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.”
Also like football, there will be a communication location (near home plate) where the umpires can review plays.
Instant replay will begin use in spring training to help the transition for all involved.