Commissioner Bud Selig who was presented a comprehensive study of expanded instant replay could announce as early as Thursday whether Major League Baseball is prepared to implement all-encompassing replay for the 2014 season. Selig along with baseball's executive council was formally briefed on replay Wednesday by MLB vice president Joe Torre Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz and adviser Tony La Russa. "It was very thoughtful and well done" Selig said. When asked whether he was ready to make a formal announcement Selig said "Let's just wait until (Thursday). There will be a very thorough briefing." The replay presentation will be conducted today in front of all 30 ownership groups. The owners must approve expanded instant replay by a 75% vote. The expansion then would have to be negotiated between the MLB Players Association and the umpires union. "I'm always encouraged" Torre said. If the owners approve expanded instant replay costing $25 million to $40 million in start-up fees there doesn't appear to be any major stumbling blocks in negotiations. "My sense is that players will be willing to expand replay to every base if we have the right technology" union executive director Michael Weiner told USA TODAY Sports. "Nobody is interested in (replaying) balls or strikes but I think the players are in favor of everything else and I think the owners likely do as well."
MLB close to decision on replay expansion
USA Today | Aug 15