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MLB Replay here to stay

Die hard baseball fans cringe to hear it, others are sighing relief and saying "about time."  Owners, umpires, and players have voted and agreed to expand the use of instant replay in the Major League Baseball.

For the last several years only home run calls have been able to be reviewed.  The call to review would be made by the umpiring crew who would then head off the field to review the video replay before making a final call.

Throw all of that out the window.  Now, coaches will be able to challenge a play.  Unlike the NFL, the challenge will be verbally signaled as opposed to using a red flag.  The challenge review will then be conducted much like the NHL (who's league offices in Toronto do the review).  Rather than the umpire crew review on the field or off the field, as previously done, the replay will be reviewed in the central offices in New York.

A manager will be able to challenge at least one call per game, with a maximum of two.  If any part of the challenge is overturned the manager retains the ability to challenge a second play.  Once both managers have used their challenges and at the start of the seventh inning, the umpiring crew can choose to review any play able to bre reviewed. 

In addition to home run calls, instant replay can now be used on ground-rule doubles, fan interference, tag plays, fair and foul balls in the outfield and trapped balls by an outfielder.

Also, any replay can now be shown on the stadium's scoreboard.  Previously, questionable calls were not allowed to be replayed on the scoreboard in Major League Baseball.



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