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MLB takes another look at replay

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is moving closer to expanded replays for next season, Executive Vice President Joe Torre said Tuesday.

Speaking to the Baseball Writers’ Association before the 84th All-Star Game, Torre said “we’re pretty confident we’ll have it in place for 2014.”

Commissioner Bud Selig wanted to use replays for trap plays and fair/foul calls for this season, but changes were delayed. Video review for home runs have been used since 2008.

Torre said “we’re still in the tweaking stages’’ for next season. “We’re not limiting ourselves.”

Also, the players’ association expects any suspensions resulting from the Biogenesis investigation probably won’t be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator, union chief Michael Weiner said.

“We’re going to have a discussion with [MLB],’’ Weiner said. “That discussion will include whether or not names of suspended players will be announced publicly.’’

Selig also said he is optimistic about the Cubs’ negotiations toward reaching their renovation goals for Wrigley Field.

“I’m very optimistic,’’ Selig said. “I know they’re optimistic and I am. You know, Chicago politics don’t always move smoothly. But … it’s not something that’s really a concern of mine. It’s far enough down the line it’s going to work.’’



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