Commissioner Selig said last night during Game Two of the NLCS that he would allow general managers to give input on the possible use of instant replay in the future.
Selig, who has been on record as saying he disapproves of the idea of instant replay in Major League Baseball, didn’t say that input would equal approval of using it. As reported by The AP:
"I don't like instant replay because I don't like all the delays. I think it sometimes creates as many problems or more than it solves," Selig said Friday night during Game 2 of the NL Championship Series. "But I am willing to say we'll at least talk about these if people want to talk about it. I'm going to let the general managers discuss it, let them come back and make recommendations. No, I'm not a big advocate of instant replay."
General managers meet from Nov. 5-8 in Orlando, Fla. Rockies manager Clint Hurdle says replays would cut down on arguments and speed up games.
"No, it would not shorten the game," Selig said. "In the other sports that use it, one thing we can be assured of is it hasn't shortened the games. It takes time. But look, you won't say you wouldn't consider something. There are controversial decisions, and I understand it. But this has been going on 130 years, too. So, we'll see."
Several calls that have had impact on the postseason have occurred again this season. Whether it has been Garrett Atkins line drive that appeared to be a home run, or Matt Holliday’s slide into the plate during the regular season tiebreaker game, games might have had different outcomes if instant replay were used.
General managers meet from Nov. 5-8 in Orlando, FL.
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