Friday, November 17, 2017

Expanded replay on deck


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Major League Baseball intends to expand the use of instant replay for the 2014 season and will be studying over the course of this year which calls to review and how to do it.

Joe Torre, an MLB executive vice president, said Tuesday that league officials plan to visit Miami during the World Baseball Classic and various spring training sites to examine camera angles and other factors that will help them develop a plan.

"We're going to increase replay next year. We just don't know how we're going to go about it yet," Torre said before managing the U.S. team in an exhibition against the White Sox.

"I know we're using a number of venues to see what make sense," he said, "and it's really making sense with the rhythm of the game as a priority."

Commissioner Bud Selig has said he wants to add video reviews for trapped balls and fair-or-foul calls, but league officials also are considering whether it makes sense to review close plays on basepaths — forceouts and tags, for example — and other controversial calls.

Torre said technology could help dictate how widely instant replay is expanded.

During tests last year at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, MLB experimented with the Hawk-Eye animation system that is used to judge line calls in tennis, and the TrackMan radar software used by the PGA Tour for swing and ball flight analysis.

League executives also will be considering ways to implement wider review, such as giving the managers the option of challenging a call. A similar arrangement is used in the NFL, where coaches can throw a red challenge flag and have referees review whatever video is available.

"I don't think it would be a pure challenge system," Torre said. "We've stayed away from that being part of the game. The manager already makes so many decisions, and to drop another rock or two in his pocket, I think it's a little bit much."

WBC: Torre firmed up his starting pitching for the first round, slating R.A. Dickey against Mexico, Ryan Vogelsong against Italy and Derek Holland against Canada. … Jonathan Schoop's two-run homer helped give the Netherlands a spot in the next round with a 4-1 victory over Australia in Taipei, Taiwan. … Jungho Kang hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to give South Korea a 3-2 victory over Taiwan in Taipei.

DRAMA IN TEXAS: With rumors swirling that Nolan Ryan plans to step down as Rangers CEO, newly promoted president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said he hopes the Hall of Fame pitcher sticks around. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported that Ryan is contemplating resigning after having his power reduced. Daniels told ESPN radio he believes he and Ryan share "mutual respect." "I don't think anybody wants him to leave, and I know I've expressed that to him," he said.

AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols made his spring debut about 10 days ahead of schedule after offseason knee surgery. Pujols, who was the DH, grounded out twice and struck out.

HEART OKAY: Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano wore a heart monitor while pitching and reported no problems or discomfort during his first spring training outing.

A'S: The team will move its spring camp from Phoenix to nearby Mesa, Ariz., starting in 2015, agreeing to a 20-year deal following approval from the Mesa City Council.

BREWERS: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, initially listed as day to day with a sprained left knee, said he expects to be out up to two weeks. … Right-hander Kelvim Escobar was diagnosed with a nerve impingement just above his pitching hand.

D'BACKS: Outfielder Cody Ross will be out two to three weeks after an MRI exam revealed a lower left leg strain.

MARLINS: Minor-league outfielder Kolby Copeland, 19, was suspended for 50 games for refusing to take an offseason test under baseball's minor-league drug program.

NATIONALS: Former Rays right-hander Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his debut with the club. Soriano signed a two-year, $28 million deal in January to become the closer.

ORIOLES: Rightfielder Nick Markakis said the neck spasms he is having aren't a concern, and he expects to play again in a few days.

RED SOX: Jail records indicated that left-hander Drake Britton, 23, was arrested in Fort Myers on Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence.


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