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Umpires, MLB sign agreement on instant replay

Umpires, MLB sign agreement on instant replay

Major League Baseball umpires and management signed an agreement on Wednesday that will introduce instant replay to help determine calls on the field.
The deal was signed by lawyers for the commissioner's office and the World Umpires Association one day after a WUA spokesman went public with complaints over negotiations.
"We reached an agreement. Final decision with respect to moving ahead has not been made yet, but we have an agreement with the umpires," said Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president of labor relations.
WUA spokesman Lamell McMorris, who criticized management on Tuesday, also confirmed the deal.
"We're going to move forward with the understanding the sides will come to the table later and iron out some of the remaining issues," he said. "Instant replay will be a work in progress."
MLB had already started installing equipment in ballparks, hoping to get the replay system running this month. It would be used for boundary calls, such as determining whether balls cleared fences for home runs and whether potential homers near foul poles were fair.


Updated : 2021-07-31 23:39 GMT+08:00