Instant replay expanded by MLB
I honestly wasn’t sure this day would ever come, but it’s now here. A full and detailed instant replay program will now be part of Major League Baseball games, starting with the 2014 season. All 30 MLB owners voted unanimously to approve it and the MLB Players Association and umpires’ union is also on board.
In one sense, I will miss the human element to games and the variations of outcomes you might get from game-to-game. On the other hand, it’s great that plays can be viewed and corrected. At the end of the day, the calls will be right and that’s fair to everybody. It should eliminate controversies such as Armando Gallaraga’s missed perfect game that sparked the increased cries for a better system.
As for the time delays reviews might cause, having an umpire at the command center and direct communication with the ballpark should speed the process. Is it likely to perfect? No. Will there be bumps along the way, especially in the beginning? Yes. But replay is here and I’m suspecting most fans and players will be pleased.
Click here for the MLB.com story on replay expansion being approved.
The following play types will be subject to review:
• Home run
• Ground rule double
• Fan interference
• Stadium boundary calls (e.g., fielder into stands, ball into stands triggering dead ball)
• Force play (except the fielder’s touching of second base on a double play)
• Tag play (including steals and pickoffs)
• Fair/foul in outfield only
• Trap play in outfield only
• Batter hit by pitch
• Timing play (whether a runner scores before a third out)
• Touching a base (requires appeal)
• Passing runners
• Record keeping (Ball-strike count to a batter, outs, score, and substitutions)