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Selig: Replay getting closer

NEW YORK -- Commissioner Bud Selig held a 45-minute question-and-answer session today during the Baseball Writers Association of America's annual All-Star luncheon meeting and, as usual, no subject was off limits. As far as controversies go, this chat paled in comparision to the 6,000 Barry Bonds question Selig got last year in San Francisco.

One of the key points he made: Instant replay may be coming, and it may be here before the postseason.

"We are looking at it intensely," Selig said. "No decision has been made but if it occurs, it will be in a very limited form. Once we're convinced the bugs are out, it will come quickly. Is there a chance it could be before the postseason? The answer is yes, there is a chance. But we've got work to be done."

Replay is going to be focused on determining home run balls (e.g. fair or foul, out of the park or in play). The bugs I'm sure refer to making sure every park has the right high-quality cameras to capture the areas by the foul poles and the outfield fences. An overdue move. Umpires have blown too many of these calls in the past, especially this year.

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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