With critics calling for expanded video review of umpires' calls and some players pushing to expand the first round of the playoffs, commissioner Bud Selig yesterday established a committee of managers and longtime executives.
Managers Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Torre and Mike Scioscia were selected for the "special committee for on-field matters," which Selig will chair and will meet for the first time next month.
This past postseason was rife with TV replays showing umpires making incorrect calls. It was also filled with extra off-days that ultimately stretched the scheduled postseason into November for the first time.
"This is not a reaction to some of the things that happened during the playoffs," Selig said. "I'm not saying that it didn't keep moving me along in this direction because it did, but frankly I had this in mind for a long time."
The group will examine scheduling, umpiring, the strike zone and pace of game.
Selig repeatedly said "there are no sacred cows." While he has opposed expanding the use of instant replay, he said "I will be guided by what this committee comes up with."
No players or umpires were included. Among those who were: Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, Indians general manager Mark Shapiro, Braves president John Schuerholz, political columnist and avid fan George Will and Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt.
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