For months – heck – more like years, Major League Baseball has swayed back and forth on the idea of replay.
It was eventually brought into the league to determine the validity of a home run, but outside of that, Major League Baseball didn’t want to delve any deeper. That is until now as league owners approved the expanded use of replay for the 2014 season, this according to USA Today:
Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire’s call except balls and strikes.
Despite the approval, it’s not set in stone as both players and umpires need to vote/approve the idea, but it’s expected both sides will agree.
In the approved scenario, each manager will get two challenges that can be used at any point of the game. If the said play is challenged and overturned, the manager gets to keep his challenge.
Outside of balls and strikes, this will likely all but put an end to manager/umpire arguments.