All-Star Game Notebook: MLB expects more instant replay for '14

2013-07-17T00:00:00Z All-Star Game Notebook: MLB expects more instant replay for '14Wire Reports Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
July 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay next year.

"We're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014," MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre said Tuesday before the All-Star game.

Video review has been in place for umpires on home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig wanted to add trap plays and fair-or-foul calls down the lines for 2013, but the change was put off while more radical options were examined.

Torre has said all options are being considered, including an NFL-type system that would give managers the ability to challenge calls. He hopes to have plans for owners to consider next month in Cooperstown. Still, Selig said, "We have to be careful ... not to affect the game as we've all known it."

Ex-Wildcat Clark could help run union

With players' association boss Michael Weiner battling an inoperable brain tumor, former Arizona Wildcats basketball player Tony Clark has emerged as the top contender for the deputy role.

Clark, a 2001 All-Star, became a union leader in 1999 and is director of player services. The union will appoint a deputy executive director within two weeks, and a board will decide whether that deputy will succeed Weiner, who is still working despite being in a wheelchair. "He was always a guy everyone looked up to. They had a problem, they would go to Tony Clark," Texas closer Joe Nathan said.

Cano leaves game in first inning

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hobbled off the field soon after being hit on the side of the right knee by a 96-mph fastball from Mets ace Matt Harvey in the first inning Tuesday. Boston's Dustin Pedroia pinch ran and stayed in the game.

An X-ray was negative, and Cano said it was a bruised quadriceps. "I'll be good for Friday," he said.

Seaver takes mound again

Matt Harvey might have been the starting NL pitcher, but the first pitch at Citi Field was thrown, fittingly, by the greatest Met of all, Tom Seaver.

After a standing ovation, the once-powerful right-hander, 68, took a step forward off the rubber before tossing a looping pitch to David Wright. "I just wanted it to go in the air," Seaver joked.

Fear the beard, really

According to a study done by STATS and the grooming products maker Wahl, All-Stars with facial hair perform on a higher level.

Players sporting beards had won the past six All-Star game MVPs, including Melky Cabrera last year, before clean-shaven Mariano Rivera won the award Tuesday. Also, beardless players have not homered in five years and in the classic.

There's also this: Scruff-sporting sluggers over the last 10 All-Star games had hit .287 with a .441 slugging percentage. Non-bearded stars hit .226 with a .382 slugging mark. No razor-thin margin.

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