MLB Owners OK Instant Replay Expansion

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MLB Owners OK Instant Replay Expansion

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 7:05 PM CST

Paradise Valley, AZ (NNCNOW.com) --- Major League Baseball (MLB) owners have approved the expansion of the instant replay system for 2014, it was announced on Thursday afternoon during the league's quarterly meetings.

The changes will go into effect for the 2014 Championship Series and the 2014 Postseason. Under the new plan, managers will have at least one challenge to use per game, and clubs will now be allowed to show all replays during the game on the video scoreboard.

In addition, if the manager's challenged play is overturned, then the manager will be able to challenge one more play during the game. The Crew Chief may also ask for instant replay on a reviewable call after the seventh inning.

Once a play is challenged, the Crew Chief will then use a designated communication location near home plate that will be available in all 30 MLB ballparks. The umpire will have access to a hard-wired headset that's connected to the Replay Command Center in New York.

Here are the plays that can be reviewed in the upcoming season:

- Ground rule double
- Fan interference
- 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)

For a copy of the full press release from MLB, click here

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