MLB plans to roll out comprehensive instant replay system in 2014

In a move that’s finally bringing a sport steeped in tradition into the modern age, MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced that a new instant replay system will be implemented next season to verify that umpires are making correct calls. For the first time, managers will have the option to challenge almost any call made in the game, with the final decision being made by league officials reviewing the play at MLB’s New York City offices. This is the MLB’s second foray into instant replay — since 2008, umpires have had the option to review home run calls where it’s not obvious if the hit ball was foul or fair, but it’s the first time managers have any control over the process. It’s a bold move for baseball, given the sport’s reluctance to…

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