Technology is the wave of the future, and baseball finally seems to be getting out of the shallow end when it comes to using it.
Although technology continues to improve with each passing day, MLB has been hesitant at using that technology when it comes to disputed calls other than as it relates to a home run.
But that won't happen any longer.
The MLB is currently testing an expanded instant-replay system in the Arizona Fall League. The system allows for one manager's challenge in the first through sixth innings, with an additional two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game, according to ESPN:
Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make a final ruling.
A manager who sees a call he feels is incorrect can file a challenge with the crew chief or home plate umpire. Only reviewable plays can be challenged. Non-reviewable plays can still be argued by managers, who can request that the umpires discuss it to see if another member of the crew saw the play differently. Reviewable plays cannot be argued by the manager.
Challenges not used in the first six innings will not carry over, and a manager who wins a challenge will retain it.
For baseball, this is a huge step, and it joins the sport with the NFL and college football in giving teams the ability to challenge what they believe to be incorrect calls.
Although it's still in the early stages of use, here are five signs that the new replay system will work.