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It’s a longtime coming, but MLB has finally gotten onboard with expanded replay. All 30 teams voted unanimously yesterday to the decision which will affect the 2014 regular and postseason. Calls that can now be challenged include:

1) Home runs
2) Fan interference
3) Ground-rule doubles
4) Stadium boundary calls
5) Force play (except the fielder's touching of second base on a double play)
6) Tag play
7) Fair/foul (outfield only)
8) Trap play (outfield only)
9) Passing runners
10) Timing play (whether a runner scores before a third out)
11) Touching a base
12) Batter hit by pitch
13) Record keeping (ball- strike count to a batter, outs, score, and substitutions).

Managers will begin each game with one challenge. If said challenge is upheld, they will receive a second and final challenge. If a manager has exhausted all his challenges and a questionable call occurs after the start of the seventh inning, the crew chief can call for a replay.

In a statement MLB Commissioner Bud Selig claims he’s excited about the rule change:

"I am very pleased that instant replay will expand to include additional impactful plays. The new system will give managers valuable recourse in potentially game-changing situations. The opportunity for our fans to see more replays in our ballparks is also an important modification that the clubs and I favored.

"I thank the Major League players and umpires for their cooperation with this change, which will serve our shared game well. I also extend my gratitude to John Schuerholz, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Peter Woodfork and Chris Marinak, all of whom worked extremely hard to make this highly complicated task a reality."

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