Selig rules out increased instant replay this year
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig ruled out increased use of
instant replay by umpires to review close calls during the
postseason this year.
Selig said he discussed the matter with the special committee of
managers, management and ownership he appointed in December.
”I brought the subject up, as I always do with everybody,”
Selig said at Yankee Stadium on Monday night. ”I don’t get the
feeling that there’s a lot of support for it, at least their
conversations with me.”
Baseball instituted video review to assist umpires late in the
2008 season, but limited its use to whether potential home runs are
fair and whether the ball went over the fence.
”We’re analyzing things,” Selig said. ”Our committee said we
need to study it more, maybe have a few more months of study. But
from the numbers that I heard, of the controversial tough plays,
they got something like 98 percent right.”
Selig said the key issue for him is the delays that video
reviews cause. He said there is no support for increased use of
replay on the committee – or any clamor for it from baseball
”We’ll continue to look at it. I’m not going to say no,” he
said. ”Baseball is a game of pace, and there’s no question it’s a
game of pace, and therefore one has to be very sensitive.”