Baseball on track for more instant replay in 2014

ap photoThe addition of Mark Trumbo makes the Arizona Diamondbacks' lineup even more dangerous.

ap photoThe addition of Mark Trumbo makes the Arizona Diamondbacks' lineup even more dangerous.

Major League Baseball is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay next year.

“We're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014,” MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre said Tuesday before the All-Star Game.

Video review has been in place for umpires on home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add trap plays and fair-or-foul calls down the lines for 2013, but the change was put off while more radical options were examined.

Still, Selig has wanted to proceed cautiously.

“Look, life isn't perfect. The sport isn't perfect, but we live with it, and it's been great,” he said Tuesday during his annual meeting the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Part of a replay subcommittee that includes former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, Torre has said all options are being considered, including an NFL-type system that would give managers the ability to challenge calls.

Weiner says baseball union will appoint deputy: Confined to a wheelchair, unable to move his right side, Michael Weiner spoke about his brain tumor.

“I don't know if I look at things differently. Maybe they just became more important to me and more conscious to me going forward,” the baseball players' association boss said Tuesday. “As corny as this sounds, I get up in the morning and I feel I'm going to live each day as it comes.”

Weiner took over from Donald Fehr in December 2009 to become the fourth head of the union since 1966. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and remains at work. The union will appoint a deputy executive director within two weeks, and the union's executive board will decide whether that deputy will succeed him.

Union says drug bans likely not served this year: The baseball players' association says any suspensions resulting from the sport's latest drug investigation likely won't be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator. The union expects Major League Baseball will notify the union of its plans for penalties in the next month, and the association will maintain any discipline should not be announced until after a grievance hearing, and then only if arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a ban.

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