MLB notebook: Owners vote to expand instant replay in 2014
Major League Baseball owners have voted to move ahead with a vast expansion on instant replay next season.
Owners approved funding the replay expansion when they met Thursday and plan to approve the exact rules in January following the completion of negotiations with the unions for umpires and players.
Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer, said present and former umpires likely would make the decisions on contested calls after reviewing video in New York.
A manager will be given a maximum of two challenges per game and a successful challenge would not count against his limit. If a manager is out of challenges, umpires likely would be able to call for a review on their own.
A manager cannot call for a challenge after he argues a play.
Ball/strike calls, checked swings and some foul tip calls may not be reviewed.
• Ray Davis has been given unanimous approval to succeed Nolan Ryan as the controlling owner of the Texas Rangers. Ryan, a Hall of Fame pitcher, resigned last month and said he will sell his ownership stake to Davis and Bob Simpson, the team's co-chairmen.
• MLB is withdrawing its proposal for a new bidding system with Japan, making it uncertain whether prized pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be on the market this offseason. Tanaka, a 25-year-old right-hander, went a 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA during the regular season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. Without an agreement, Japanese players would not be able to sign with MLB until they had nine years of service time and could become free agents.
• MLB intends to donate $200,000 to UNICEF and the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. MLB said it will use the MLB Network and MLB.com to encourage support among fans for UNICEF and the Red Cross.
• With an eye on his career after baseball Derek Jeter has entered into a publishing partnership with Simon & Schuster. The 39-year-old has created Jeter Publishing, which will identify and help create sports-related books — both fiction and non-fiction — for adults and children. It also will publish books about pop culture and the arts. Jeter has played 19 seasons with the Yankees, winning five World Series championships.
— Wire reports
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