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Joe Torre says to expect expanded replay in 2014

Jul 16, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

Joe Torre AP

In speaking to a gathering of Baseball Writers Association of America members today MLB executive vice president Joe Torre revealed that he’s “pretty confident” expanded instant replay will be in place for next season.

Players would have to sign off on any agreement, so Torre also made it clear that “we’re still in the tweaking stages” and “we’re not limiting ourselves.”

Of course, it’s also worth noting that Bud Selig said similarly optimistic things last October about having expanded replay for 2013, only to have Torre announce in February that it wasn’t happening.

  1. bronco58lb - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    As if baseball, of all sports, needs more time delays.

    • km9000 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Watching replays of a close play that could get actually get overturned is a lot more compelling on TV than watching guys dawdle between pitches. Now if only they could work on that too…

      • bronco58lb - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Replay can improve the game no question, but unfortunately the owners aren’t going to cut advertising time between innings to offset the additional delays. I don’t want a NFL-type replay process in baseball. That’s why I prefer baseball over the NFL because I don’t like that gimmick, made for TV crap that stalls the action.

      • protius - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Baseball games are open-ended, i.e., there are no time limitations; the game ends after nine innings, whether it takes 2 hours 40 minutes, or 3 hours 20 minutes to complete a game.

        All advertisements will be aired, however, their slot may change.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      A proper replay system is unlikely to cause any delays at all, and more likely to speed things up by eliminating the spectacle of a manager lumbering onto the field to engage the umpire in a long argument. Although, it does seem that since Bobby Cox and Lou Piniella retired we’ve seen fewer of those. :-)

      • rarson - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I enjoy the spectacles, but otherwise agree. :)

    • Walk - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      Want to speed up the game? Make the pitcher stay on the mound area and quit throwing the ball around after a k. The latter would make the braves games shorter this year.

    • louhudson23 - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      The idea that other than the most obvious of Denkinger like bad calls can be corrected in a timely manner is laughable… if they do not put a very short available time limit for correction on each play,then it will be a catastrophe…. this means that some calls will continue to be missed perhaps,but will eliminate the microscopic and lengthy observation that we all engage in through repeated replays…..If the replay Ump(??) can’t see an obvious error in 10 seconds or less,the play stands and we move on….

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Expanding replay is only part of the solution. The entire review process needs a complete overhaul. I’m still of the belief that there should be a small handful of replay officials in a central office, stocked with giant HD screens, who can review the play, make the call, and call the umpires on the field. It would be more efficient, accurate, and will help minimize manager arguments and umpire egos.

    • mc1439 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      At least for the playoffs.

  3. zacksdad - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I think they also should have robo strike and ball calls. They should not be called at the whim of the home-plate umpire. If you stare at him wrong then you do not get the calls your way. Umpires have the thinnest skin.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      I don’t mind the umps continuing to call balls and strikes, with one proviso: Any such call that is wrong by 2 inches or more costs them $20. Is it really asking too much for them to actually learn the strike zone?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      “I think they also should have robo strike and ball calls.”

      And this is when I stop watching the game I have loved my entire life.

    • jscowdin - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Having a robot call the game is only gonna create more problems. How are any calls at hone plate going to be called, what if the strike zone is programmed to be expanded or contracted for a pitcher? I don’t think including replay will add too much more time to a game because of the technology already in place. With the pitch trackers already in place it would only take a few seconds to review. And the same for field plays. I think the benefit of increasing the accuracy of the game outweighs any additional time it may add.

      • chunkala - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        How about a human being calling balls and strikes while utilizing an overhead camera and a side camera depending on lefty or righty? Seems easy enough on TV.

  4. moogro - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Robots now. Home plate umpires calling balls and strikes is baseball’s version of a canned laugh track. The game is interesting enough without this superfluous, outdated theatrical device. At-bats will actually be faster and more interesting with computers making the call. Think about it.

    • rje49 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      I’ve thought about that sort of thing over the years, but I think it would be impossible at this point. For starters, you’d need sensors around the plate, directed upward, plus a detectable electronic gizmo inside the ball – just for inside/outside calls. Something would have to be inside the ball, as you couldn’t have a checked-swing bat being detected. Then how would you determine the height of the ball as it crossed over the plate? Not to mention having to adjust the strike zone for each batter’s height. Maybe someday…

      • moogro - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        You don’t have to build contraptions in your garage. It’s called pitch f/x, and it exists now. The top and bottom of the strike zone could be even more accurately modeled with a nearly weightless sensor sewn into the uniform.

      • chunkala - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        How about a human being calling balls and strikes while utilizing an overhead camera and a side camera depending on lefty or righty? Seems easy enough on TV.

      • longbeach93 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        yah just automate and outsource the umps…. such is the corporate way… we can have Sareej from Tata use skype to call balls and strikes

        and no one will every get called out at 2nd base anymore if you are looking for accurate calls.. double plays hardly ever touch the bag, etc

  5. caeser12 - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    How about more accountability of Umpires?

  6. ndnut - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    We have robo umpires ready in pitch f/x, so let’s use them!

  7. leeshrink - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    It is wise to use the technology

    • longbeach93 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      nah.. let baseball stay the course.. it is theater on the diamond.. keep it human it has to have flow not stop and go and see whats what

  8. connormyboy - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Yeah right just like some guys are getting suspended but not until 2014.

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