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Torre Says Early Reviews On MLB's Instant Replay System Have Been "Very Positive"
Published February 24, 2014
OTHER EXECS WEIGH IN: In Denver, Troy Renck reported MLB officials "will hold multiple workshops this spring to help soothe concerns and explain the process" of instant replay. Teams are "facing a pair of salient issues: the time allotted for confirmation from a club employee and which employee will fill that role." A's manager Bob Melvin said, "I hear that we will have enough time, but we don't know." Several teams said that they "will use their video coordinators to challenge," while others suggested that they "will hire someone specifically for the job." Rockies Senior VP/Major League Operations & Assistant GM Bill Geivett said, "We will use somebody in-house. And what I do know is that it won't be the same person for all 162 games" (DENVER POST, 2/23). Maddon: "If I ask for anything, that it would be flexible. ... It needs to be a living kind of an organism right now until, in fact, you feel pretty good about it" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 2/23). Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, "It sounds as if the challenge process is going to be quick. ... It doesn't sound like it will take a lot of time." He added, "You aren't supposed to flagrantly delay the game if you are going to challenge. If you do, they can take your challenge away -- or you can get reprimanded" (DETROIT NEWS, 2/23).