Major League Baseball Enters 21st Century, Adopts Reasonable Instant-Replay System
This is a huge day for Major League Baseball. A surprising day. MLB, Bud Selig, the owners — all of these mysterious, ancient entities — have agreed on new rules of instant replay. They're very NFL-like, which is a fantastic thing.
Major League Baseball decided Thursday to implement instant replay on virtually every play but the strikezone - including three manager's challenges per game - that will begin in 2014, Commissioner Bud Selig announced.
This won't help with baseball's OMG THIS IS SO SLOW LEMME THAW A FROZEN COW DURING THIS AT-BAT problem, but one problem at a time, guys.
The replay will include up to three challenges that mangers will be provided during a game, one in the first six innings, and two beginning in the seventh inning through the game's duration. If a manager is successful with his replay challenge, he will not be charged with a review.
If a manager exhausts his three challenges, and umpire crew can make a review of its own only to determine home-run calls, a rule that will be grandfathered in with the new regulations.
Baseball, using its central MLBAM offices in New York, will be provided with replay cameras that will be monitored by men with umpiring experience. They will make the final call on disputed plays, not the crew chief.
Ah, a little hockey touch there, with men at
top-secret headquarters making the final decisions.
But seriously, this is good news, except for the unbearable addition of challenge-induced commercials.
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