MLB GMs Pass on Expanded Replay Talk
Either way, they concluded their first day of formal meetings without any discussion of expanding the system.
Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, presided over the Tuesday morning meeting and said that there was discussion about tweaking the current system, but nothing about adding more use of replay.
"We just put instant replay in the end of August in 2008," Solomon said. "We only have a season and a couple of months worth of experience. Now there are those who clamor for more and more. I think we need to digest what we've got. We need to look at his technology and the commissioner has to talk to a lot of people before he makes a decision that would change our sport."
The call for expanded instant replay grew louder during the recent postseason because of a number of blown calls by umpires. Solomon said that there was some discussion about the way that umpires are selected for the postseason. Currently there is a system that is party merit-based, but also based on spreading the postseason assignments among the umpires.
That would need to be collectively bargained. Solomon said negotiations on a new contract with the umpires are ongoing, and he was optimistic that they'd reach an agreement.
Other than replay and the umpires, the general managers discussed revising the draft order to reflect postseason performance. Currently, the draft order is based only on regular season victories. Solomon said the GMs also talked about making some changes to the Arizona Fall League to accommodate more younger players.
The formal portion of the meetings will conclude with a morning session on Wednesday. Solomon said the main item on the agenda for that meeting was the format of the meetings themselves.