Baseball Notes: Baseball expands instant replay
Major League Baseball approved a huge expansion of instant replay on Thursday in hopes of eliminating blown calls that riled players, managers, and fans.
"I think it's great," San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's about getting it right."
Owners, players, and umpires endorsed the new system.
"I tell you, the fans will love it," baseball commissioner Bud Selig said after owners met in Paradise Valley, Ariz., and voted their unanimous approval.
Baseball was the last major pro sport in North America to institute replay when it began late in the 2008 season. Even then, it was only used for close calls on home runs.
The so-called "neighborhood play" at second base on double plays cannot be challenged. There were safety concerns for middle infielders' being wiped out by hard-charging runners if the phantom force was subject to review.
Ball-and-strike calls cannot be contested. Neither can checked swings and foul tips. Nor can obstruction and interference rulings - those are up to the umpires' judgment, such as the one at third base in Game 3 of the World Series last October that sent St. Louis over Boston.
All reviews will be done by current MLB umpires at a replay center in MLB.com's New York office.
The umpires on the field will be able to talk to the command center. The replay umpire will make the final decision - that could include where to place runners if, say, a call is reversed from out to safe on a trapped ball in the outfield.
In addition, managers and others in the dugout will be allowed to communicate by phone with someone in the clubhouse who can watch the videos and advise whether to challenge a call.
The new rule allows ballparks to show fans the same replays on stadium video screens. But only plays under review can be shown on the screen in slow motion.
Record deal for Price
David Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $14 million, one-year deal with Tampa Bay, the highest single-season salary in franchise history.