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MLB to Test Two Different Replay Systems

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Major League Baseball owners have agreed to test two different replay systems live during games next week, to decide which system, if any, works best and could be in use in the 2013 season.

MLB will analyze a radar-based system and a camera-based system, both similar to the one used in tennis for down-the-line fair-or-foul calls. Yankee Stadium and Citi Field will be the test parks for the systems.

Baseball currently uses replay only for boundary calls – mainly limited to home runs and fan interference. The sport’s new collective-bargaining agreement called for expanded replay on fair-or-foul calls as well as trapped balls.

Commissioner Bud Selig said at the All-Star game “nobody is anxious to increase instant replay.”

Sorry commish, but it’s time to come into the 21st century. Taking five extra minutes to get the call right will give you time to add more TV advertisers or something like that.

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