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MLB to test two new instant-replay systems

Major League BaseballMajor League Baseball will test two new instant-replay systems at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field before the end of the season to determine their viability for 2013 and beyond.

Expanding instant replay to include fair/foul calls and clean catches on the playing field is on the agenda; MLB Commissioner Bud Seig says a system that works could be implemented for the 2013 season. Here’s a description of the systems from ESPN:

The systems won’t be used to reverse or confirm calls at this time, according to MLB officials familiar with the sport’s plans. But their installation will enable MLB to determine which system would best fit baseball’s needs.

“Hawkeye,” the camera-based technology used in tennis, will be tested at Citi Field, both during Mets games in September and on off days. A radar-based system, similar to the technology used to track shots in golf telecasts, will be tested at Yankee Stadium. That technology, officials said, has not previously been used to review calls in any sport.

The technology will also be tested at Arizona Fall League games.


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