MLB Clubs Unanimously Approve Expansion of Instant Replay 1/16/14
January 16, 2014
Major League Baseball isn't just dipping its feet in the instant replay pool anymore. The league is jumping in all the way.
Today the 30 MLB clubs approved unanimously to expand instant replay, which will be in effect for the 2014 Championship Season and the 2014 Postseason.
Major league umpires will serve as replay officials and they will make the final call. All 30 ballparks will now have a designated communication hub, probably near home plate. There, the Crew Chief and at least one other Major League Umpire will have access to a hard-wired headset connected to the Replay Command Center, which will remain at MLB Advanced Media headquarters in New York.
Here is how it is going to work:
- Managers will have at least one challenge to use.
- If any portion of a challenged play is overturned, then the manager who challenged the play will retain the ability to challenge one more play during the game.
- No manager may challenge more than two plays in a game.
- Once the manager has exhausted his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call.
- Home run and other boundary calls will remain reviewable under the procedures in place last season.
For more information on the new rules and regulations with MLB instant replay, here is a Link to the Press Release