Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Major League Baseball owners have unanimously approved the allocation of financial resources toward an expanded instant replay system that would take effect for next season.
The move, which took place at the general managers and owners meetings in Orlando, is the first step toward the expected implementation of the new replay rules.
The owners will vote in January on final approval of the system, which would allow all in-game circumstances with the exception of balls and strikes and check swings to be reviewed and will give managers the opportunity to challenge an umpire's call.
"We made a gigantic move today and I'm very pleased about that," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said.
The most recent proposal allows for managers to use up to two unsuccessful challenges per game, with any challenge that overturns the umpire's original verdict not counting toward that total. The initial plan, which was unveiled in August, provided for only one challenge.
The owners still need both the Players Association and the World Umpires Association to agree to the new expanded replay rules for them to be put in place.
Baseball's current replay system, which was instituted during the 2008 season, is limited only to determining whether a disputed home run was fair or if fan interference was involved.