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MLB Gives Managers Replay Challenges

Major League Baseball will be instituting a manager challenge system, much like the NFL has had for years, according to the Associated Press.  Makes you wonder how much ejections in MLB will drop, now that managers and players will have recourse when they disagree with a call.

The AP is Reporting:

Mangers will be allowed two challenges over the first six innings of games and one after the seventh inning.  Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in NYC and they will make the final ruling.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has called this a historic moment for baseball and Braves President John Schuerholz says that umpires are standing with management on this decision.  Schuerholz also goes on the record saying that 89 percent of incorrect calls would be reviewable.

The new challenge system will be voted on in November, but it appears to be nothing more than a formality.

There will be flaws to this system, just like there is to the NFL system, but it is a huge step towards making major league baseball a better game.  With all the technology available nowadays, there is no reason baseball has stayed a 20th century game for so long.

I think this is also an opportunity for the MLB to get fans more involved.  How ’bout having an online and mobile platform where fans could review the same replays that the crew in New York is looking at and cast their vote.  Their vote would just be for fun, of course.