Major League Baseball, pending approval of the owners, players and umpires, will institute an instant replay system next season. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement today.
Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of games and two after the seventh inning until the end of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York, which will make the final ruling.
MLB vice president Joe Torre gave the replay presentation to representatives from all 30 teams. Former manager Tony La Russa and Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz joined Torre in setting up the system, which would not be used for balls and strikes.
The plan will be voted on at the owners meetings Nov. 13-14 in Orlando. 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. According to MLB officials, the umpires approve of the idea.
Managers would not be allowed out of the dugout to argue calls. They would instead inform umpires they are seeking a review. The process is expected to take three minutes. If a challenge is successful, a manager would not lose a challenge.