MLB’s Opening Day is Here, and So is Instant Replay

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Major League Baseball used expanded replay for the first time during a regular-season game on Monday afternoon, confirming an umpire’s call during a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, reports the Associated Press. The league announced that it would begin giving managers the option to challenge calls for the first time this year, and it didn’t take long on opening day for the Cubs’ manager to take advantage of it, calling for a replay after his player was called out at first base. It reportedly took two minutes for review officials, who are located offsite in New York, to confirm the call. Not long thereafter, an umpire’s call was overturned for the first time in the regular season during a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves, according to the AP. It was also regarding a play at first base. The umpire initially called a Brewers player safe, but after a challenge from the Braves’ manager, umpires reviewing the replay reversed the call.

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