MLB using WBC to study replay


Several Major League Baseball officials will travel to World Baseball Classic games in Miami this month to explore potential options for an extensive expansion of instant replay.

Joe Torre, an MLB executive vice president, confirmed Tuesday that league officials plan to make the visits to WBC games and various spring training sites to examine camera angles and other factors that will help them develop a plan.

MLB has all but abandoned plans to limit reviews to only fair/foul and trap/catch calls. Those calls are part of baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement. Instead, as the Miami trip indicates, the sport is now considering scenarios for reviewing a much wider spectrum of calls, including calls at home plate and calls on the bases. MLB is still in the early stages of exploring which calls to review and the format under which to review them. And commissioner More >