Major League Baseball is expanding its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had.
Commissioner Bud Selig calls it a historic moment for the game in a press conference in Cooperstown after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.
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 City, which will make the final ruling.
The only downside to this is that we may never see a manager storm out of the dugout and go apeshit on an umpire ever again. That is it.
Other than that, the only thought crossing my mind is, "its about friggin time." I mean, the technology has been there for years and Bud Selig has been a crusty, old, stubborn bastid about using the available technology for years.
He's actually been very open about his hatred towards technological advances. Remember, Selig once publicly bragged about how he has "never sent an email and never will." So this is a huge breakthrough.
The only reason I can think of for him having a change of heart is the fact that he is planning on retiring after the 2014 season and doesnt want his ignorance towards instant replay to be a part of his legacy. Whatever the case, its about time.
Now if only MLB would get rid of umpires all together and let computer software call balls and strikes.