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MLB to Expand Instant Replay in 2014, Yet the System Is Flawed

MLB to Expand Instant Replay in 2014, Yet the System Is Flawed

Earlier today it was announced that Major League Baseball would be expanding instant replay in 2014. This is all unofficial, as the owners need to formalize the plan at the owner's meetings on November 13th-14th. Below are the details, along with my thoughts on the good and the bad of the proposal.

The Changes

**Replay will be added to every play except the strike zone.

**Managers will have three challenges per game. They can use one challenge in the first six innings, and two beginning in the seventh inning.

**If a manager is successful with his replay challenge, he will not be charged with a review.

**If a manager is out of challenges, an umpire can make a review of its own only on home run calls, much like the current system.

**There will be a central office in New Yor...

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