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August 16, 2013

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Baseball to expand instant replay in 2014

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they’ve never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.

Selig made the announcement after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.

‘‘I’m proud of them,’’ Selig said of the replay committee. ‘‘It’s worked out remarkably well. It’s historic. There’s no question about it.’’

A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval, and the players’ association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system. But the announcement was met with mostly praise at ballparks across the country.

‘‘This is the time. It’s time to make the right decision,’’ Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ‘‘It was not available several years ago. So, just live with it, understand it. It makes things better. It makes things more accurate, so what’s wrong with that.’’

MLB vice president Joe Torre gave the replay presentation to representatives from all 30 teams on Wednesday and it was discussed Thursday morning.

14-U baseball squad plans Aug. 24-25 tryout

The Kokomo CFD Saints II baseball club will host tryouts for its 2014 14-and-under team from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 24-25 at CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park. This is for players born between May 1, 1999 and April 30, 2000. Players need to attend both tryouts as the first-day evaluation will have the 60-yard dash timed, radar gun MPH on arm strength, and hitting. The second day will feature a game evaluation where each participant who is trying out will get to hit and play the field in a game situation.

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