Expanded replay plan has support from Sox

Expanded replay plan has support from Sox
August 15, 2013, 8:00 pm
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TORONTO -- An official vote hasn't been taken, agreement is still needed from both the umpires and players' unions and the details aren't fully finalized.

Still, in the Red Sox clubhouse, there was positive reaction to Major League Baseball's intention to introduce expanded video replay for 2014.

Plans call for most umpires' calls -- other than balls and strikes -- to be subject to review, with managers given three "challenges'' -- one for the first six innings and two from the seventh inning on.

"You don't like to take the human element out of the game,'' said Daniel Nava. "That's what makes baseball, baseball. But if it can help [get] some calls right, then I think everyone's a fan of that.''

Nava has already been involved in a number of close calls, including a play at the plate two weeks ago against Tampa Bay, when replays showed
he slid in safely with what would have been the tying run. But Nava was called out at the plate and the Sox lost by a run.

"I think you just accept it as part of the game,'' he said. "Obviously, you want the call to go your way. There's times when you're on the other side of the coin and the call goes your way and you're ecstatic. It all balances out.''

"I want the play to be right. But I understand that those [umpires] are trying to do the best they can. It's not intentional for them to miss
a call. I don't like to see that tampered with too much,'' Nava said.

"I think, in general, the inclusion of video replay is good for the game,'' said manager John Farrell, who has long advocated for most use of video in determining calls. "I think the game is ready for additional  technology to be brought in... I think this is a good thing for baseball.''

Farrell said it would take some time to work through the details, "but the fact that you have it your availability is probably what everybody
at field level is looking for. Until the final format is put in place, we'll just have to wait and see.''

Under the new system, managers won't be able to argue reviewable calls; their only recourse will be to challenge them.

"Honestly, I don't know that any manager wants to argue,'' said Farrell. "I think everybody wants calls to be accurate. The human element is always going to be involved. But now we have the potential for a system that only [offers] challenges, but hopefully gets a higher percentage correct.''