While MLB general managers voted last week 25-5 in favor of using a limited form of instant replay for “boundary calls”, don’t look for MLB to rubber stamp the use of it anytime soon as the issue hasn’t moved since the vote took place. As reported by The AP:
"Nothing's happened since the general managers' meetings," chief operating officer Bob DuPuy said Wednesday after club owners convened for two days of discussions on a variety of topics, including plans to play two exhibition games in China during spring training.
"I don't think it will come up. The general managers took an advisory vote. Nothing's been sent on to the commissioner, yet. When he gets it, I'm confident he will look at it and decide what the next steps are to take. But there will be no action. There's no action to take."
To implement instant replay would require a majority vote by the owners, as well as approval from the unions representing the players and umpires.
Other issues that will be a part of the owners meetings will be efforts to secure a game between the Padres and Dodgers in Beijing. MLB is still working to obtain permits through the Chinese government, something difficult with the 2008 Olympics in play.
"It's an administrative process, and we want to be very sensitive to the needs and protocols of the Chinese government," DuPuy said.
Other issues for the owners will be work on increasing the pace of the game, and the continuing efforts to get a stadium for the Marlins.
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