Major League Baseball ownership groups accepted a proposal
Thursday to expand in-game instant replay, effective for the 2014 season, Commissioner Bud Selig announced.
Once the expansion is implemented, instant replay options will be available for virtually every play except strike zone calls, with each team’s manager being able to issue as many as three challenges per game.
During an interview Thursday with Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf, just moments before Selig made the announcement, Arizona Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said he was on board with the changes that are coming to the game.
“As I’ve said all along, I think if you have the technology, why not use it to get the calls right?” Hall said. “There’s no reason why fans sitting at home watching on TV, or in our suites or with their handhelds can watch the replay and decide whether the call was right or wrong yet the umpires don’t have that ability.”
Hall added that instant replay should be used in a way that enhances the game but doesn’t hurt the speed of it.
MLB owners will make an official vote on the proposal in November. According to the Associated Press, the proposal will need a 75 percent vote of approval, and the players’ association would have to agree to those changes.
Hall said the umpires’ union would also have to agree to the proposed rule changes.