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MLB plans to allow video replays

MLB plans to allow video replays
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:27pm

Historic news coming from major league baseball Thursday.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced MLB plans to allow video replays to help make sure umpires make the right call.

This new proposal would give the managers three challenges a game.

One challenge over the first six innings and two after the seventh inning.

This will allow managers to challenge almost any umpire's call expect for balls and strikes.

Selig made the announcement after a two day meeting with representatives from all 30 teams.

If approved, umpires will have the power to use instant replay to reverse any call made during a game, except balls and strikes.

"You can see in the last 20 to 25 years the sport has changed a lot and I think for the better," said Selig.

The proposal will go in front of the owners this November.

In order for it to go through, 75% of the owners need to say yes.

"Baseball is probably the last one remaining with still the old traditions that hadn't quite caught up to what all the other sports are doing yet," said East Texan Damon Dowell.

The change comes from umpires coming under fire for making some bad calls the last few years.

And some baseball fans believe the video review will help make sure the umps get it right.

"They've been really messing up a lot of calls lately," said East Texan Lawson Loudres.

"You get to see exactly what took place at an instant and it's just a real good situation I like it,"
said East Texan Rick Brumley.

But other fans aren't sold on the idea just yet.

"It breaks tradition. It's going to take a huge factor in changing things, it's time consuming it's expensive and it's just unnecessary," said East Texan Skyler Clarkston.

"Part of the game is that human element of judgment but sometimes you can see that they were clearly missed the mark pretty bad and it can impact part of the game so I'm on the fence," said East Texan David Mccakill.

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