Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Selig calls replay rollout 'remarkable'

NEW YORK — Commissioner Bud Selig said the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential homers and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

Calls by umpires on the field have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges through Monday and overturned in 30. For 25 others, calls stood because of a lack of "clear and convincing" evidence. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count.

Selig called the rollout "remarkable" but wouldn't say whether MLB would make in-season adjustments.

"We've had really very little controversy overall," Selig said Tuesday at the MLB Diversity Business Summit. "Everything in life will have a little glitch here and there where you do something new. And are our guys on top of it? You bet. But I'm saying to you again, you'll hear about the one or two controversies, but look at all the calls that have been overturned."

Umpires review challenged calls in a room filled with computers, screens and technicians at the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

"Technology takes a while to work," MLBAM chief executive officer Bob Bowman said. "I don't know if you ever bought a new car. You don't know how all that stuff works right away. And if you ever get a new phone, it takes you a while to learn it. We're under 30 days old, and I know we've arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us. And it must be great to be perfect the way ESPN is."

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz declined comment.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected Sunday after a call was overturned on replay, then said "it's hard to have any faith in the system." He was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

NO PLAN TO MOVE: Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field. The Cubs won approval from Chicago's City Council in July for a $500 million renovation.

CARDINALS: 2B Mark Ellis, out all season with left knee tendinitis, was activated from the disabled list. INF Pete Kozma was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

INDIANS: OF Michael Bourn, out since the middle of spring training with a strained left hamstring, was activated from the disabled list. OF Nyjer Morgan was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

MARINERS: RHP Taijuan Walker, one of the team's top prospects, was scratched from a rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma because of stiffness in his pitching shoulder.

PHILLIES: RH reliever Mike Adams, out since July shoulder surgery, was activated from the disabled list.

RED SOX: 2B Dustin Pedroia had a cortisone injection in his sore left wrist and hopes to return to the lineup today.

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