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Seling says he's happy with replay

April 16, 2014
The Altoona Mirror

NEW YORK - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

Calls by umpires on the field have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges through Monday and overturned in 30. For 25 others, calls stood because of a lack of "clear and convincing" evidence. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count.

Selig called the rollout "remarkable" but wouldn't say whether MLB would make any adjustments during this initial season.

"We've had really very little controversy overall," Selig said. "Everything in life will have a little glitch here and there where you do something new. And are our guys on top of it? You bet. But I'm saying to you again, you'll hear about the one or two controversies, but look at all the calls that have been overturned."

Umpires review challenged calls in a room filled with computers, screens and technicians at the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

"Technology takes a while to work," MLBAM chief executive officer Bob Bowman said. "I don't know if you ever bought a new car. You don't know how all that stuff works right away. And if you ever get a new phone, it takes you awhile to learn it. We're under 30 days old, and I know we've arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us. And it must be great to be perfect the way ESPN is."

Cubs like the city

NEW YORK - Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field.

The Cubs won approval from Chicago's City Council last July for a $500 million renovation that would include installation of a 5,700-square-foot video scoreboard at Wrigley, which turns 100 on April 23. The team also wants to erect a 650-square-foot sign in right field with a guarantee neighboring rooftop owners won't slow construction with a lawsuit.

Rays' star officially done

BALTIMORE - Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

The procedure will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, the team announced Tuesday.

Moore, who made the AL All-Star team last year, hasn't pitched since walking off the mound with elbow soreness on April 7 in Kansas City. The 24-year-old went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA last season.

 
 

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