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MLB Introduces Expanded Instant Replay For 2014 Season – Right Thing To Do?

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Well we all new it was going to happen at some point.

Baseball is no longer going to be the fast-paced game we’ve come to enjoy. Lest you think I am crazy, I’ll go ahead and point out that is sarcasm.

MLB confirmed that they are introducing expanded instant replay in a press release last night:

“I am very pleased that instant replay will expand to include additional impactful plays,” Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “The new system will give managers valuable recourse in potentially game-changing situations. The opportunity for our fans to see more replays in our ballparks is also an important modification that the Clubs and I favored.

“I thank the Major League Players and Umpires for their cooperation with this change, which will serve our shared game well. I also extend my gratitude to John Schuerholz, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Peter Woodfork and Chris Marinak, all of whom worked extremely hard to make this highly complicated task a reality.”

The League also Tweeted out some clarifications on the new rules too:

It remains to be seen how this will affect the pace of the game, but we all knew it was coming, right? After some of the horrible blown calls, including some major ones right here in Atlanta that have had national implications, this move was inevitable.

The league also Tweeted out a list of rules for the new system too:

So what do you guys think? Is this the right move? Is baseball doing the right thing here? Or are they messing with the purity of the game?

It will obviously improve the accuracy of the calls and leave less doubt when it comes to the outcome of close important games. Reviewing the evidence on screen over and over will also lead to less need to argue about calls around the proverbial water cooler too.

But how do YOU feel about it?

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