Ottawa Citizen

Instant replay in MLB picture

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MCLEAN, Virginia •

Major League Baseball could implement instant replay as early as August 1 of this year, according to a published report yesterday.

MLB approached the World Umpires Associatio­n earlier this week to request that instant replay be used on ‘‘boundary calls,’’ according to USA Today.

Citing two high-ranking umpiring officials, the paper reported that MLB wants to implement replay to determine if potential home runs are fair or foul and to rule whether a homer clears an outfield wall.

MLB downplayed the report in a statement issued by spokesman Rich Levin yesterday.

‘‘It’s all premature,’’ Levin said. ‘‘Nothing has been decided yet.’’

During annual meetings last November, major-league general managers voted overwhelmi­ngly in favor of asking MLB to look into the possibilit­y of using replay for boundary calls.

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