Baseball GMs pass on expanding instant replay
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
CHICAGO -- Upon further review ... baseball general managers like instant replay the way it is.
GMs failed to take a vote Tuesday on expanding instant replay following a postseason filled with blown calls by umpires.
"I know there are some who have talked off line about the expansion of instant replay," said Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office. "Right now, the commissioner doesn't see any reason to consider it."
Baseball began video review in August 2008 but only to determine whether potential home runs were fair or foul or cleared fences.
Any change for 2010 likely would have to be instigated by commissioner Bud Selig, who repeatedly has said he's against widening the use of video review. While there was discussion, Solomon said "it was all confined to the current instant replay system that we have."
"I think it's working great, and for the most part the umpires are getting the calls right when replay is used," Los Angeles Angels GM Tony Reagins said. "Can we always tweak and get better? Absolutely. But I think we're headed in the right direction. For the most part they're getting calls right and not afraid to use instant replay."