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Press Release

01/16/2014 5:23 PM ET
Statement of MLBPA executive director Tony Clark regarding instant replay

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the expansion of instant replay:

"As many know, the players agreed to the expanded use of instant replay in 2011, during the last round of collective bargaining. However, today's announcement includes a number of reviewable plays that were not part of those negotiations. Because of the increased number of reviewable plays and the many new procedures that were proposed, Major League Baseball required more than the consent of the players. The issue required full review and negotiation with our union and with the umpires' union before its implementation in 2014. The players look forward to the expanded use of replay this season, and they will monitor closely its effects on the game before negotiating over its use in future seasons."