MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is calling Thursday an ‘historic day’ for Major League Baseball, after the major league offices and the league’s 30 owners agreed in principle to drastically expand replay in 2014, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
Beginning on opening day of next season, all plays besides balls and strikes will be subject to review. Managers will be allotted three challenges per game, one for the first six innings, then two more for the game’s duration. If a manager challenges a play and the play is overturned, he will not be charged with a review.
The current replay guidelines, in which all close home run plays can be reviewed, are grandfathered in. Therefore, even if a manager has used all three challenges, home run plays would still be subject to review.
All final calls will come from the league office in New York, not the crew chief.
The changes are expected to be formalized at December’s winter meetings in Orlando, Fla.