MLB Wants to Expand Instant Replay: A Comprehensive Look at the Proposed Deal

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MLB Wants to Expand Instant Replay: A Comprehensive Look at the Proposed Deal
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Umpire Joe West (No. 22) ejects Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington for arguing an overturned call during a 2010 Rangers-Athletics contest. Though replays indicate the umpires ultimately got the call right, MLB's newest proposal might help prevent some of these arguments and ejections. Also pictured are umpires Rob Drake (No. 82), Paul Schrieber (No. 43) and Angel Hernandez (right).

Major League Baseball's newest proposed labor deal has been ratified by the players' union and is currently pending approval from the owners, executives and—most importantly—umpires.

According to reports, the proposed deal calls for an expansion of video replay review. Per the new deal, instant replay will be expanded to include fair/foul calls, catch/trap calls and non-HR fan interference calls.

Current instant replay guidelines already allow for video review of all potential home run calls. Fan interference boundary calls are accordingly reviewable as long as the possibility of a home run exists.

Read on to discover how MLB, umpires and fans feel about expanded instant replay, for specific examples of what will and will not be reviewable under MLB's proposed deal and several reasons why the umpires should approve this deal.

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