Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Replay expansion put on hold until next year

NEW YORK — Centerfielder Curtis Granderson raising his glove, hoping to convince an umpire that he made the catch. Jim Thome twisting his body, trying to coax a liner to kick up chalk.

Those tricky calls aren't being farmed out to technology quite yet.

Major League Baseball said expanded replay is out for this year, with the goal now to put the extra looks in play for 2013.

Baseball had sought to increase video reviews this season to include trapped balls, fair-or-foul rulings down the lines and fan interference all over the ballpark.

The additional replay required the approval of MLB and the unions representing the umpires and the players.

"We weren't able to come up with an acceptable set of agreements between the three parties," MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred said Tuesday. "We hope we'll be able to do it in time for the 2013 season."

Baseball began using replay in August 2008 to let umpires check potential home run balls. The new labor deal provided the opportunity to expand on that, though things will remain as is this season.

Postponing extra replay is fine with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.

"If they don't have it ready, I'd like for them to hold back. You don't want to change rules in the middle of a season," he said.

"I don't think it really matters either way, I really don't. I don't think it's going to change the game. But just overall you would like to have the same rules opening day as you have in the middle of the season and the playoffs."

DARVISH WILD: Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish walked four and gave up two runs in three innings against the Indians in his second spring start. Darvish, the former Japanese star, threw 29 balls in 61 pitches.

METS SAGA: Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, a childhood friend of Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon, is among witnesses scheduled to testify at a trial next week to determine if team owners must give up millions of dollars they received from jailed financier Bernard Madoff.

A'S: Former Ray Manny Ramirez hit his first home run in an Oakland uniform, snapping an 0-for-8 skid.

NATIONALS: Rightfielder Bryce Harper, the top prospect who has been out nearly a week with a tight left calf, is expected to return to the lineup today.

ORIOLES: Outfielder Nolan Reimold returned to the lineup four days after being beaned by Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.

PADRES: Infield prospect Drew Cumberland ended his comeback bid and retired for a second time. Cumberland, 23, retired last summer after being diagnosed with a rare inner-ear condition.

ROCKIES: Left-hander Drew Pomeranz left after two innings with tightness in his right hip.

TIGERS: Right-hander Jacob Turner, a top prospect who is vying for the fifth starter's job, has been shut down for a few days because of a "dead-arm period," manager Jim Leyland said. Turner, 20, gave up six runs, five earned, in 12/3 innings Monday against the Mets.

TWINS: Pitchers Yeison Florentino and Ezequiel Zarzuela of the Dominican Summer League were suspended 50 games each under baseball's minor-league drug program.

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