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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 22 May 2008 19:15

MLBJimmie Lee Solomon, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, is working toward a proposal and the technology in involved in instant replay, which may get tested in this year’s Arizona Fall League and then possibly during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The proposal comes after general managers voted 25-5 in favor of using the instant replay technology for “boundary calls” such as homeruns are fair or foul, or fan interference. The proposal comes on the heels of several blown calls at this juncture in the season. As reported by The AP:

On Sunday night, umpires at Yankee Stadium reversed a correct call and concluded an apparent home run by the Mets’ Carlos Delgado was foul. On Monday night, umps in Houston mistakenly ruled a ball off a center-field wall was in play. And on Wednesday night, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez lost a home run when umpires decided the ball hit the fence—replays showed it glanced off a yellow staircase behind the fence.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig repeatedly has said he’s against replay but also said he is willing to consider it.

“I’ve had conversations with the commissioner about it and I know he’s giving it a lot of thought and consideration and doing a lot of work on it. Commissioner Selig is getting a lot more information and will know the pros and cons,” Seattle Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said.

“I think it’s certainly something that bares exploring and I look forward to hearing the results,” he added. “You have those things that happened this week in Houston or Yankee Stadium and those things just should not happen.”

While instant replay could be instituted in the Arizona Fall League or WBC, to have it in place at the major league level would require approval from the MLBPA and the World Umpire Association.



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