Team President Frank Coonelly does not agree that MLB’s new challenge system will make games longer.
Major League Baseball’s planned challenge system for controversial calls will not necessarily make games longer, according to Pirates president Frank Coonelly.
Cutting down long-winded arguments between managers and umpires is part and parcel to the replay system MLB unveiled earlier this month, likely to be implemented for the 2014 season. Home-plate umpires will have “quick communication” with the instant replay command center in New York City to review up to six manager’s challenges each game, Coonelly told Pirates Prospects in a one-on-one interview.
“They can see all the replays quickly, because they have all the technology in front of them, all the TV screens,” Coonelly said. “If the manager goes out and argues the call, you’ve lost your right to review it. Secondly, once the call is reviewed, and the decision is made, you cannot argue that.”
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