MLB OK’s Expanded Replays for 2014 Season
According to a report this afternoon from ESPN Major League Baseball’s owners unanimously approved expanded replay for the 2014 regular season and playoffs on Thursday at the conclusion of the quarterly owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
The Major League Baseball Players’ Association and World Umpires Association both have approved expanded replay as well.
In addition to home runs, the following plays will now be subject to review: ground-rule doubles; fan interference; stadium boundary calls; force plays (except a fielder’s touching of second base on a double play); tag plays; fair/foul balls in the outfield only; trap plays in the outfield only; hit batters; timing plays (whether a runner scores before a third out); touching a base (only when appealed); passing runners and record keeping (ball-strike counts to batters, outs, score and substitutions).
Managers will get one challenge to use, and as long as any part of the reviewed play is overturned, they will receive a second challenge to use. After the seventh inning, the crew chief may also call for replays. MORE..