VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Schuerholz optimistic expanded replay this year

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - The head of the committee that developed Major League Baseball's plan to expand instant replay says he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve.

Advertisement
Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said that because of the complexities, he expects the system will need three years of use to resolve problems that develop.

The plan would give managers the right to challenge most calls except balls and strikes, with one challenge allowed in the first six innings and two from the seventh inning on. A successful challenge would not count against the limits.

Schuerholz said he was uncertain whether owners would vote on the proposal during Thursday's meeting. Owners always could vote later by telephone.

Schuerholz expects the umpires' and players' union to go along with the plan.

"There's been a great deal of dialogue," he said, "and our anticipation is that both of our partners will be willing and ready to go forward."

The new executive director of the players' association, Tony Clark, also sounded optimistic about expansion of video review.

"It's been a challenge to try to navigate how best we do this without disrupting the game itself," Clark said in an interview with The Associates Press. 'Our guys are very concerned with making sure the game stays the same."

Speaking Wednesday at the hotel where the owners were attending a quarterly meeting, Schuerholz said the replay expansion should enhance the sport.

"We are in uncharted waters," he said. "But behind all of this and buttressing all of this we should remember that in the doing of this, managers will be given an opportunity that they've never had in the history of the game, and that is to challenge a play and perhaps have it reversed, and perhaps have that reversal benefit their team, and win a game that might win a division that might get them into a playoff. And who knows from there?"

Schuerholz has been joined on the replay committee by former managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, both current MLB executives. Scheurholz agreed with Clark that there will be adjustments after the system is put in place.

"We feel like we've worked through this process in as much detail as possible," Schuerholz said. "We realize the further we get in, the complexities involved. And that's what's taken time. There will probably be complexities that show themselves that we might not have dealt with. But as I keep telling everyone, this is a three-year rollout. ... This is uncharted territory for us - and for the industry and for the managers and for the replay officials and for the umpires. For everyone."

Clark said he knows that "there are going to be challenges, and that despite wanting to fix everything so that it works perfectly from day one, that we may have to adjust some things as we go on."

It also was uncertain whether the owners would vote this week on a proposal to ban home-plate collisions. That rule also would be subject to approval by the players' union if it is to be implemented this season. MLB can implement it unilaterally in 2015.

---

AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: SuperBook releases 2017 Props
News: 2017 SuperBook Pitching Props
Roberts: 2017 MLB Win Totals Released
News: 2017 SuperBook HR Odds
Harper homers in Nats' spring opener
Pirates' Harrison looks for productive 2017
Wieters joins Nats; Judge hits HR for Yanks
Dodgers' Seager looks for even better '17
Mets happy to have Cespedes back
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8851
Jim Feist + 4765
John Fisher + 3257
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2523
Kevin Rogers + 1791
Jim Feist + 1589
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 3455
John Fisher + 1505
Jim Feist + 1416
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 3403
Antony Dinero + 2618
Micah Roberts + 2249
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2873
Antony Dinero + 2798
Jim Feist + 1845
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2836
Mark Franco + 1570
Bill Marzano + 1455
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership