Expanded Replay Approved For 2014 Season

Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system will be implemented for the 2014 season after owners, the players union and umpires approved the new system.

“I am very pleased that instant replay will expand to include additional impactful plays,” commisioner Bud Selig said in a news release. “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.

Replay involving home runs was instituted in August 2008. The expanded replay includes almost all on-field decisions, outside of balls and strikes.

Managers will have at least one challenge to use. If any portion of a challenged play is overturned, then the manager who challenged the play can challenge one more play during the game. If a manager has used his challenges and the game is in the seventh inning, the umpiring crew chief can call for a replay.

MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred told reporters that fans will also be able to watch highlights of the plays in question on the stadium video boards.

Manfred also told MLB.com that a proposal to ban home-plate collisions was not voted on, but he was confident it could be in place by Opening Day.

“This is really big,” Selig told MLB.com. “I’m proud of the changes we’ve made and I’ll tell you why I’m proud of them: because they won’t disturb the game as we know it.”

Expanded replay was tested during the Arizona Fall League.

The following plays are now reviewable:
  •  Home run
  •  Ground rule double
  •  Fan interference
  •  Stadium boundary calls (e.g., fielder into stands, ball into stands triggering dead ball)
  •  Force play (except the fielder’s touching of second base on a double play)
  • Tag play (including steals and pickoffs)
  •  Fair/foul in outfield only
  •  Trap play in outfield only
  •  Batter hit by pitch
  •  Timing play (whether a runner scores before a third out)
  •  Touching a base (requires appeal)
  •  Passing runners
  •  Record keeping (Ball-strike count to a batter, outs, score, and substitutions)

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