MLB Plans Instant Replay Trial In Arizona Fall League

Major League Baseball will test its proposed 2014 instant replay system during five games in the Arizona Fall League next week.

The games will be broadcast on MLB Network with six cameras using the same setup that could be used if the replay regime is approved for the 2014 major league season. AFL umps, who are minor league umpires, will be assigned to the games. MLB officials and umpires will be in a trailer in the parking lot of the ballpark equipped with TVs and replay feeds from all six cameras. The home-plate umpire will don a headset and communicate with the umps in the truck to review calls.

Nov. 5: Mesa at Salt River
Nov. 6: Salt River at Scottsdale
Nov. 7: Scottsdale at Salt River
Nov. 8: Glendale at Scottsdale
Nov. 9: Peoria at Salt River

Plays in AFL games will be called and challenged under the protocols of the newly designed instant replay plan that is now under consideration, but the details of how plays will be reviewed and which plays will be reviewed could evolve during the week, according to one official with knowledge of the process.

The MLB officials involved in the instant-replay process include former Braves GM and current team president John Schuerzholz, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre and former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, currently a special assistant to Commissioner Bud Selig. They will help evaluate the process and system and make recommendations for its implementation for 2014. The players’ union and World Umpires Association would still have to approve the system as well.

"The opportunity to test our ideas under game conditions with future major leaguers will be an important next step," Schuerholz said in a press release. "We look forward to examining new perspectives generated by play on the field and learning what modifications might prove beneficial before our committee issues our formal recommendation later this off-season."

All the games start at 7 p.m. Eastern time except for the Nov. 9 Military Appreciation Game, which will start one hour earlier.