Major League Baseball says expanded replay is out for this year, with the goal now to put the extra looks in play for 2013.Great. Baseball continues to not give a damn whether or not the correct calls are made. Games - and possibly playoff spots - could be decided by obviously wrong decisions by the on-field umpires. It's clearly not that important to the parties involved. ... Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I still anxiously await the day that baseball games are decided by what actually happens on the field.
Baseball had sought to increase video reviews this season to include trapped balls, fair-or-foul rulings down the lines and fan interference all over the ballpark.
The additional replay required the approval of MLB and the unions representing the umpires and the players.
"We weren't able to come up with an acceptable set of agreements between the three parties," MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "We hope we'll be able to do it in time for the 2013 season." ...
According to several people familiar with the situation, all of them speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because the sides had not reached agreement, there were several sticking points.
Umpires were concerned the television feeds they received to review calls were not equal at every ballpark. The umps get fewer looks in Oakland, for example, than at Yankee Stadium.
Also at issue is how calls would be made under expanded replay and who would ask for a challenge. Would umpires still make the final decision, as they do now? Or would there be an NHL-style conference room with an MLB executive making the ruling?
March 17, 2012
No Expanded Replay For 2012
by allan at 1:12 AM