• MLB To Allow Challenge Calls In 2014?

    Posted by on August 15th, 2013 · Comments (19)

    Via the AP -

    Baseball as we know it could be changed forever beginning next season.

    Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they’ve never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.

    Selig made the announcement after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.

    “I’m proud of them,” Selig said of the replay committee. “It’s worked out remarkably well. It’s historic. There’s no question about it.”

    A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval and the players’ association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system.

    MLB vice president Joe Torre gave the replay presentation to representatives from all 30 teams on Wednesday and it was discussed Thursday morning.

    Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, a member of the replay committee along with Torre and former manager Tony La Russa, said the umpires were receptive to the change. Schuerholz said 89 percent of incorrect calls made in the past will be reviewable, but he did not provide a list.

    Umpires have come under increased scrutiny following several missed calls this season.

    “We believe this will be very impactful and very, very meaningful and useful for all sides,” Schuerholz said. “Managers will have a new tool that they’ll have to learn how to use.”

    Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make a final ruling.

    A manager who sees a call he feels is incorrect can file a challenge with the crew chief or home plate umpire. Only reviewable plays can be challenged. Non-reviewable plays can still be argued by managers, who can request that the umpires discuss it to see if another member of the crew saw the play differently. Reviewable plays cannot be argued by the manager.

    Challenges not used in the first six innings will not carry over, and a manager who wins a challenge will retain it.

    The home run replay rules currently in use will be grandfathered in to the new system, Schuerholz said.

    MLB expects to use the new system in the 2014 playoffs, and the system could be enhanced in the postseason. Training sessions for umpires will start in the Arizona Fall League this winter and continue into spring training.

    This could be interesting…

    Comments on MLB To Allow Challenge Calls In 2014?

    1. Mr. October
      August 15th, 2013 | 5:00 pm

      “Good call” by MLB “for a change.” If nothing else can to be done to improve the level of officiating of recent years, introducing this process or technology will be welcomed.

    2. Corey
      August 15th, 2013 | 7:10 pm

      People already complain about how long a baseball game is…

    3. 77yankees
      August 15th, 2013 | 7:47 pm

      More of Commissioner Slobig fluffing himself in a feeble attempt to preserve his legacy.

      MLB will find a way to screw this up. They always do.

    4. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 15th, 2013 | 8:50 pm

      Was there any mention of adding an *** next to games going forward in 2014?.. The era of Steriods now the era of Replay… Good grief.. Human error is part of the game. Why call them ML Umpires then? Aren’t suppose to be the best already? Just what MLB needs, over paid out of shape middle age men with no real reason to do their jobs correctly!. Sounds like the US Postal office to me..

      I wonder will they add this to the scoreboard and place UMPIRE ERROR as a stat? what’s next on the Commish plate? meet your favorite umpire night or have a fan win the chance to be an umpire for a game?… afer all replay will reverse those bad calls!..

    5. August 16th, 2013 | 12:04 am

      Be careful what you wish for, I feel that bad calls even themselves out over the course of the season. A certain bad call that turned out to be a pretty good break for the Yanks would have been reversed in 96.

    6. Raf
      August 16th, 2013 | 1:00 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      A certain bad call that turned out to be a pretty good break for the Yanks would have been reversed in 96.

      Then again, you have Bellhorn’s “ground rule double” & Rodriguez’s interference call in game 6 of the 2004 ALCS.

    7. Kamieniecki
      August 16th, 2013 | 11:14 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Be careful what you wish for, I feel that bad calls even themselves out over the course of the season. A certain bad call that turned out to be a pretty good break for the Yanks would have been reversed in 96.

      My memory might not be accurate, but I seem to recall better umpiring overall in 1996.

      If the technology existed at the time and a Denkinger call had been made in 1925 instead of 1985, or a Garcia call had been made in 1936 instead of 1996, etc., instant replay might have been instituted decades ago. It can probably work well if properly-implemented.

    8. Evan3457
      August 16th, 2013 | 11:50 am

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      Joseph Maloney wrote:
      Be careful what you wish for, I feel that bad calls even themselves out over the course of the season. A certain bad call that turned out to be a pretty good break for the Yanks would have been reversed in 96.
      My memory might not be accurate, but I seem to recall better umpiring overall in 1996.
      If the technology existed at the time and a Denkinger call had been made in 1925 instead of 1985, or a Garcia call had been made in 1936 instead of 1996, etc., instant replay might have been instituted decades ago. It can probably work well if properly-implemented.

      I agree. The fans, both at home and at the park are entitled to a correct call of the game by the officials. The players are entitled to it. The teams are entitled to it. To correct obvious mistakes, absolutely.

    9. Kamieniecki
      August 16th, 2013 | 12:01 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      To correct obvious mistakes, absolutely.

      It’s the number of obvious mistakes I have been witnessing that I have an issue with.

      If an umpire misses a close call that the television audience has to watch from several different angles to make themselves, and the umpire missed it, I don’t have a problem with a missed call; that’s the way its always been.

      Cano, for example, should have run harder out of the box a few weeks ago, or not taken the extra base that made the play so close. Or a fielder should have been quicker with the tag in some instances; it’s not always bad umpiring alone that results in an incorrect call.

      But obvious calls and postseason calls are a different story; Denkinger’s call applies to both categories.

    10. Goose
      August 16th, 2013 | 3:04 pm

      FakeGeneMichaels wrote:

      Just what MLB needs, over paid out of shape middle age men with no real reason to do their jobs correctly!. Sounds like the US Postal office to me..

      Are you suggesting Cashman should be working for the US Postal Service (USPS)? His career plan in college was to work for the United Parcel Service (UPS), so you might very well be correct.

    11. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 16th, 2013 | 6:42 pm

      Goose wrote:

      FakeGeneMichaels wrote:Just what MLB needs, over paid out of shape middle age men with no real reason to do their jobs correctly!. Sounds like the US Postal office to me.. Are you suggesting Cashman should be working for the US Postal Service (USPS)? His career plan in college was to work for the United Parcel Service (UPS), so you might very well be correct.

      LOL.. No, I didnt even know you needed an undergraduates degree to apply for the USPS. Wonder what his job function would have been? “Courier of BAD NEWS?” Director of accidents looking for a place to happen or personal courier for MLB drug testing handling Jason Giambi and A-Rods samples?.. Is it too late for him to re- consider and apply for a USPS position?. What about WD Mason?. Does Cashman know they offer employee’s discounts and from what I hear they have a great dental plan!..

    12. Mr. October
      August 16th, 2013 | 7:45 pm

      Anything that will turn baseball series that can become series determined by a little bit of luck into series that can become series determined by a little bit of luck any less, I’m in favor of, as long as the solution’s practical and reasonable.
      @ Evan3457:
      @ Kamieniecki:
      @ Raf:

    13. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 16th, 2013 | 7:49 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      Anything that will turn baseball series that can become series determined by a little bit of luck into series that can become series determined by a little bit of luck any less, I’m in favor of, as long as the solution’s practical and reasonable.
      @ Evan3457:
      @ Kamieniecki:
      @ Raf:

      Now that is what I call some series(ous) talk!!. :)

    14. Goose
      August 16th, 2013 | 7:52 pm

      FakeGeneMichaels wrote:

      Wonder what his job function would have been… Is it too late for him to re- consider and apply for a USPS position?

      “John Cashman, a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and the father of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman [got] his son started in the baseball business… [As an undergraduate, Brian Cashman] mulled over potential post-graduation careers, including the prospect of operating a truck for [U.P.S.]… [John Cashman's would become] the manager of Castleton Farms in Kentucky, and It was there that he got to know another horse enthusiast, George M. Steinbrenner, which ultimately led to [a friendship that would span more than three decades and] to Cashman’s son [becoming] a baseball executive.”

    15. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 16th, 2013 | 8:07 pm

      @ Goose:
      and It was there that he got to know another horse enthusiast, George M. Steinbrenner, which ultimately led to [a friendship that would span more than three decades and] to Cashman’s son [becoming] a baseball executive:

      I knew it!.. the Cashman knows where Geroge buried all the bodies I mean horses!

      I wonder… Was Geroge thinking if Cash-man can handle horses would that qualify him to handle the Bronx Zoo?.

    16. Goose
      August 16th, 2013 | 8:19 pm

      FakeGeneMichaels wrote:

      I wonder… Was Geroge thinking if Cash-man can handle horses would that qualify him to handle the Bronx Zoo?

      It is quite obvious that qualifications were not a foremost concern with the promotion of Cashman to G.M., is it not?

      And Mr. Steinbrenner always considered himself to be the G.M., and the holder of the organizational title of G.M. to be more of an Assistant G.M. anyway, right?

      @ FakeGeneMichaels:
      Do you know why Cashman was called “George Costanza” when he was employed with the Yankees before his promotion by colleagues? Was it because he was caught having sex with a cleaning woman in the office after hours?

    17. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 16th, 2013 | 8:42 pm

      @ Goose:
      It is quite obvious that qualifications were not a foremost concern with the promotion of Cashman to G.M., is it not?
      Very TRUE!..

      And Mr. Steinbrenner always considered himself to be the G.M., and the holder of the organizational title of G.M. to be more of an Assistant G.M. anyway, right?

      No arguement here.. again very True!

      Do you know why Cashman was called “George Costanza” when he was employed with the Yankees before his promotion by colleagues? Was it because he was caught having sex with a cleaning woman in the office after hours?

      LMAO!!.. That is priceless!. .well done! :)

    18. Goose
      August 16th, 2013 | 8:51 pm

      Goose wrote:

      Do you know why Cashman was called “George Costanza” when he was employed with the Yankees before his promotion by colleagues? Was it because he was caught having sex with a cleaning woman in the office after hours?

      FakeGeneMichaels wrote:

      LMAO!!.. That is priceless!. .well done!

      I’m here all week…

    19. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 16th, 2013 | 8:55 pm

      @ Goose:

      Then set up a table in front of the stage and keep the Jack and Ginger ale coming!… I can listen to this material and never get tired of it!

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