I admit I was against Major League Baseball using instant replay. Not because I’m some baseball purist who didn’t want to see the game tainted by technology. I was afraid MLB would make the same mistakes in the NFL. (BTW, their replay is a total mess, but that’s for another time).
Here’s the highlights of the new system that will kick into place this season.
The new system will provide managers with one challenge per game, along with a second potential challenge if their first is upheld. After a manager has used up all of his challenges, and only from the seventh inning on, would umpires be authorized to initiate a review on their own.
Plays that will be reviewed: (Note, HR calls will stay under the current method)
• Ground-rule double
• Fan interference
• Stadium boundary calls
• Force play (Except fielder’s touching of second on double play)
• Tag plays
• Fair/foul in outfield only
• Trap plays in outfield only
• Batter hit by pitch
• Timing plays
• Touching a base (requires appeal)
• Passing runners
• Record keeping
Watch to get a further breakdown of how replay will work.