Here are the highlights of the system:
- It's based on a system of challenges. Managers get one over the first six innings, and two the rest of the way.
- If they challenge, and it's upheld, they get to keep the challenge.
- Not all plays will be reviewable, but the decision on which are and aren't has yet to be finalized.
- Replays will be reviewed by umpires operating out of MLB.com headquarters in New York.
- Said Braves president, John Scherholz, part of the committee which came up with the plan, "The home-plate umpire or the crew chief will go to a communications center somewhere on the field… and pick up a phone that will have a direct secure line to Major League Baseball, and there will be umpires who have been monitoring the games with technicians who can cue up [replays] for them."
- The aim is to get the process so it can be completed in 75 seconds, rather than the current time-frame of over three minutes per replay.
- The plan will be in place for the start of the 2014 season, but it's freely admitted that it's a fluid entity, and will be subject to re-evaluation and review at the end of the season, to make any changes necessary.
- We here may be the first to experience it, because it will be tested this off-season, in the Arizona Fall League.
Probably not normally worth an entire post - it's still apparently in the "working out the mechanics" stages. But it's an off-day, and so you're probably sitting around, staring at the SnakePit, and wishing there was a recap of another walk-off win about now. So, what do you reckon?