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SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 24:  Umpire Tim Welke #3 emergess from the tunnel after having reviewed a call on replay during the game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Seattle Mariners on September 24, 2008 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Angels won 6-5. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Umpire Tim Welke emergess from the tunnel after having reviewed a call on replay. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Before last year’s Midseason Classic, commissioner Bud Selig denied that Major League baseball needed increased instant replay. A year later, the story has changed.

Major League Baseball says it is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay for umpires’ calls next year.

MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre says “we’re pretty confident we’ll have it in place for 2014.”

Video review has been in place for home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add trap plays and fair/foul calls down the lines for 2013, but change was put off while more radical options were examined.

Speaking to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday, Torre said “we’re still in the tweaking stages” and “we’re not limiting ourselves.”

An agreement would be needed with the unions and players and umpires.

Last year, Selig downplayed the possibility of expanding replay.

“People in our sport don’t want any more,” Selig said. “Given our attendance and everything we’re doing, we’re in the right place with instant replay. Baseball is a game of pace. You have to be very sensitive and careful not to disturb that pace.”

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