Will 2014 mark the end of the baseball manager tirade?
With instant replay approved, the days of kicking dirt on an ump’s shoes or tossing a base because of a bad call may be over.
Let’s go to the replay.
“There’s going to be a little ironing-out process,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Since 2009, instant replay has been used by Major League Baseball only to help determine home runs.
This year, the list will also include outfielders trapping the ball, tag plays, fair or foul calls in the outfield, fan interference and hit by pitch.
That’s just a partial list. What won’t be reviewable are balls and strikes and the “neighborhood play,” when the middle infielder on the force at second on a double play misses the bag to avoid the runner and a potential injury.
Teams will get one challenge, and another one if they are correct on the first, through the sixth inning. After the sixth, the crew chief will decide if a review is needed.
When a manager challenges a call, the umpires will talk with a Replay Command Center at MLB Advanced Media headquarters in New York. That’s where the video will be viewed and a decision made.
Yost said the Royals will have a non-uniformed person monitoring calls. Leaving the dugout to discuss a play with an umpire would give that person time to review the play and determine whether to challenge.
“If you’ve got something that you think you want to review, you go out and discuss it with the umpire, until hopefully, you can have somebody look at it real closely,” Yost said.
The system will be tested in five Royals’ spring games that are televised. Thursday’s game, at 2 p.m. Central against the Rangers, will be broadcast on radio station KCSP (610 AM).