Owners agreed to test two advanced replay systems at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field next week, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
The systems would include a radar-based system and camera-based system, which would be similar to the replay structure used in tennis. MLB reportedly plans to analyze the method from the background and won’t implement anything just yet.
At the moment, MLB’s current system only examines boundary calls, such as whether home runs were fair or foul and with regard to fan interference. The league’s new collective bargaining agreement calls to expand replay on additional plays such as fair or foul calls on non-home runs and whether balls are caught or trapped.
It would be a surprising development and addition to MLB’s replay system, considering that commissioner Bud Selig has been a staunch advocate of maintaining the status quo in baseball.
The changes would reportedly cost somewhere between $30 million to $40 million, a total that includes technological equipment and the salary to potentially incorporate more umpires in a replay booth.