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RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer



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ORLANDO, Fla. — Another baseball tradition is about to largely disappear: a manager, with a crazed look in his eyes, charging the field and getting into a face-to-face shouting match with an umpire.


Instead, most calls on the field next season will be subject to video review by umpires in New York,


Major League Baseball took the first vote in a two-step process Thursday, unanimously approving funding for expanded instant replay in 2014. They plan to approve the new rules when they meet Jan. 16 in Paradise Valley, Ariz., after agreements with the unions for umpires and players.


“We made a gigantic move today,” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “This is quite historic.”


Selig long opposed replay and watched from afar as it was first used by the NFL in 1986, the NHL in 1991, the NBA in 2002 and Wimbledon in 2006. Even the Little League World Series put replay in place for 2008.


MLB allowed it starting August 2008 but in a limited manner: to determine whether potential home runs were fair or cleared fences.


Now, virtually every decision likely will be subject to review, except balls and strikes, checked swings and some foul tips.


“Tag plays, out/safe at first, fair/foul past the bags, those are all going to be included,” said Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer.


So no more blown calls, like Don Denkinger’s at first base that turned Game 6 of the 1985 World Series or Jim Joyce’s bad decision at first base that cost Detroit’s Armando Galarraga a perfect game in 2010.


“We want to get more plays right, the ones that matter,” Manfred said.


In other news from the meeting:


• Ray Davis was unanimously approved to succeed Nolan Ryan as controlling owner of the Texas Rangers.


• MLB withdrew its proposal for a new bidding system with Japan, making it uncertain whether prized pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be on the market this offseason.


• Selig said while he is pleased Toronto and the New York Mets will play spring training games in Montreal, there should not be expectations of a permanent return to that city. “We don’t have any clubs moving and we certainly don’t have any expansion plans.”


• He is annoyed about the length of games. The average for nine-inning games was 2:59 this year, an increase of three minutes from 2012, and it was 3:17 in the postseason, up six minutes. “The length of some of the games all year but particularly in the playoffs and the World Series was — I didn’t like it. I was unhappy about it. … There are things we can do and there are things we will do — we’re going to have to do.”


• While MLB wants the Tampa Bay Rays to get a new ballpark, negotiations by the club to get out of its lease at Tropicana Field is a team matter for now.


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