You know, the GM Meetings aren’t all about private meetings to discuss trades and free agents. There are actual, official meetings taking place out here in Indian Wells. Yesterday, Joe Torre addressed a few of the issues that have been discussed. I was talking to Brian Cashman at the time, so I’ll let The Associated Press take it from here.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Baseball is considering a broader expansion of video review for umpires than first discussed.
Instant replay in baseball began in August 2008 and has been limited to checking whether potential home runs were fair or cleared over fences. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has been saying since early 2011 he wants to expand it to two additional types of calls.
“He was talking about really basically fair-foul, trap plays. But we’re looking into more than that,” Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings.
Torre did not detail what types of calls a broader expansion might include.
MLB experimented with the Hawk-Eye animation system that is used to judge line calls in tennis and the TrackMan radar software used by the PGA Tour during tests late this year at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
“We still have some questions on the way it is now, if that’s going to fit with baseball,” Torre said. “I’m not saying it can’t be adjusted or they can do something would make it work for our game.”
He pointed out tennis courts are smaller than baseball fields.
“It’s easier to cover as opposed to what we have,” he said.
Depending on what baseball decides, changes might have to be negotiated with the umpires’ and players’ unions.
Selig has said he hopes to have wider replay in 2013.
NEW SEPTEMBER ROSTER RULES
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball is considering a change to its longtime rule allowing active rosters to expand from 25 to 40 from Sept. 1 through the rest of the regular season.
MLB executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre said general managers discussed the matter Wednesday on the opening day of their annual meeting.
Some teams have been reluctant to use the larger limit late in the season. They have cited not wanting to disrupt minor league teams in their playoffs, and those decisions have led to big league games in which teams have differing numbers of available players.
“Each team should have equal number of players available every day,” Torre said. “I just think you play the whole season with one set of rules and the most important time of the year, especially for clubs that are in a pennant race, I just don’t think it’s fair for it to be done (with a) different number of roster people.”
Torre said one possibility would be setting a fixed number of players who must be on the active roster for September games.
“We’ve talked about 28. We’ve talked about 30,” he said. “It was talked about at length today.”
Any proposal for change would be subject to bargaining with the Major League Baseball Players Association.
HEAD PROTECTION FOR PITCHERS
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — At their first meeting since a pair of pitchers were hit on the head by line drives, baseball general managers discussed ways to protect hurlers from injuries in the future.
Major League Baseball staff have said a cap liner with Kevlar, the high-impact material used by military, law enforcement and NFL players for body armor, is among the ideas under consideration.
“If we settle on something that is going to make sense, and obviously the pitcher has to be comfortable with it, we’ll obviously put that in as soon as possible,” MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said Wednesday.
Oakland’s Brandon McCarthy was hit on the head by a line drive in September, causing a skull fracture and brain contusion that required surgery.
Detroit’s Doug Fister was hit on the head by a liner off the bat of San Francisco’s Gregor Blanco during the World Series. Fister was unhurt and stayed in the game.
MLB medical director Dr. Gary Green is to give a report at next month’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. MLB senior vice president Dan Halem has said protective headgear for pitchers could be in place in the minor leagues for next season.
“We’ll talk to our doctors to make sure that they’re comfortable or they’re satisfied this is an advance,” Torre said.
Any change to require protection for big league pitchers would have to be negotiated with the players’ association.