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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 06 November 2007 10:18

MLBBy 25-5 Vote, General Managers Approve Limited Use of Instant Replay in MLB for the First Time in History. Owners, Players' Association and Umpires Would Need to Approve

A bit of MLB history was made today as the general managers for the 30 clubs voted 25-5 in favor of using instant replay to assist umpires in making “boundary calls” – calls where a potential home run, fair or foul balls, whether balls go over fences or hit the top and bounce back, and whether fans interfere with possible homers. As reported by The AP:

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig opposes the use of replays but said last month he was willing to let GMs examine the issue.

"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 then.

But Jimmie Lee Solomon, an executive vice president in the commissioner's office, thinks Selig's stance has changed a bit recently.

"He seemed to be softer, at least on the consideration of the subject," Solomon said Tuesday.

The vote works as more of a recommendation than anything as their decision is non-binding. The MLB owners, MLB Players’ Association, and MLB’s umpires would have to approve the use of instant replay before it would implemented.

If approved, Major League Baseball would follow the NFL as the only “Big-4” sports to use instant replay to assist those officiating games.

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