Frustrated Fans who have been complained for years about Major League Baseball’s steadfast refusal to expand instant replay finally have reason to be happy. According to ESPN, MLB will be instituting an advanced form of replay to test their viability for reviewing fair/foul calls in addition to the replay system in place to review Home Run calls.
The systems won’t be used to reverse or confirm calls at this time, according to MLB officials familiar with the plans. But their installation will enable MLB to determine which system would be the best fit if they want to move forward with replay.
“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. The snafu is that the radar system has never been used to accurately review calls in any sporting event before.
Baseball also plans to test both systems during the Arizona Fall League and present the results in November at the next owners’ meetings.
There’s no indication if or when the system will be used in big league games. But hey, at least it’s something, right?