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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 21 August 2008 00:46
MLBUmpires for Major League Baseball boycotted a conference call with management on instant replay Wednesday, only to come to an agreement on the use of cameras for “boundary calls” later in the day.

MLB has not set a timetable for implementing instant replay, but there have been reports that the league has set a self-imposed timeframe of the end of the month, just before the postseason. As reported by The AP:

The deal was signed by management lawyer Dan Halem and World Umpires Association attorney Brian Lam one day after a WUA spokesman went public with complaints over negotiations.

After haggling over final details, the sides exchanged proposals Tuesday night.

"We reached an agreement. Final decision with respect to moving ahead has not been made yet, but we have an agreement with the umpires," said Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president of labor relations.

While a deal has been reached, the umpires don’t see the implementation of instant replay as being perfect.

"We're going to move forward with the understanding the sides will come to the table later and iron out some of the remaining issues," said WUA spokesman Lamell McMorris, who criticized management on Tuesday. "Instant replay will be a work in progress."

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