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GMs vote for Replay

Eh, this may not be front page news, except it's a slow news day, and this is about going against tradition and changing the rules of baseball. Or whatever.

By a tally of 25-5, GMs voted in favor of using instant replay today (AP, via NY Times):

*General managers recommended for the first time Tuesday that instant replay be used to help umpires on boundary calls -- whether potential home runs are fair or foul, whether balls go over fences or hit the tops and bounce back, and whether fans interfere with possible homers.

The proposal was approved by a 25-5 vote. There was no specific time frame on when such a system might be put in place.

''We've taken the first step. The question will be now, what do we do?'' said Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president for baseball operations in the commissioner's office. ''We have glacier-like movement in baseball, so I'm hopeful that we can at least start meaningful discussions about it. I think that this will be something we'll have to go very deliberately on.''

Solomon said the next step will be to speak with commissioner Bud Selig, who opposes the use of replays but said last month he was willing to let GMs examine the issue. If Selig gives the go-ahead, Solomon and the staff in the commissioner's office would draft a detailed replay proposal that GMs could vote on when they gather next month at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.

...Solomon likened this to the NHL model. He said the GMs' technology committee felt that the best method would be to have all video fed to a central location to be judged.

''A phone call would go to that person, and that person would have all the available angles that the network feed provided, and then make that call,'' he said. ''We would have limits on it and there would be some type of penalties if a person tried to, if a team tried to go beyond those limits.''

But, good God! Won't that make the games endless?

Solomon also said that to speed up games, baseball was considering limiting when a hitter could step out of the batter's box between pitches, restricting the number of times a player could visit the mound, and limiting the number of players allowed to visit the mound.

Okay, I'm kind of neutral on Replay, leaning for I guess. But if it means they'll speed up the games, then I say "hallelujah". 'bout time.