MLB owners move closer to expanded replay system
Major-league owners took another significant step toward adopting a vastly expanded instant replay system for next season that will include showing the replays to fans at the stadiums.
Final approval is expected in January, after agreements are reached with the players and umpires union and related rule changes are adopted.
"This is quite historic,'' commissioner Bud Selig said. "We have the greatest game in the world, but we have to continue to make adjustments.''
Not all the details have been finalized, but the basic framework of the system is set:
Managers will have a maximum of two challenges per game; if they are right they keep the challenge, if they are wrong they lose it. Managers will come on to the field to initiate a challenge; there will be no flags like in football. Reviews will be conducted in New York by a crew of current or former umpires, and their ruling will be communicated to the on-field umpires, one of whom during the break will put on a headset. If a manager is out of challenges, the on-field crew likely will be able to ask for a review on its own if warranted. The replays will be shown on stadium video boards and TV broadcasts