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MLB Internet Head Says Replay System Has ‘Largely Worked’

An umpire crew walks off the field to check a video replay (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

An umpire crew walks off the field to check a video replay (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSDFDW.COM/AP) — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington likes the replay system, he just doesn’t agree with every call.

The head of baseball’s Internet company defended the sport’s new replay system on Tuesday.

Bob Bowman, chief executive officer of MLB Advanced Media, says the system based at his company’s office has largely worked.

Through Monday, calls by umpires have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges and overturned in 30. For 25 others, calls stood because of a lack of “clear and convincing” evidence. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count.

Bowman said at a panel discussion Tuesday that technology takes time to work. He says: “If you ever get a new phone, it takes you awhile to learn it. We’re under 30 days old, and I know we’ve arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us.”

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz declined comment.

Washington was ejected from Monday’s loss to the Mariners after arguing a replay ruling, which is not allowed.

“I’m all for the review, but still that don’t mean you have to agree with some of the calls that go on because of review,” said Washington after the game.

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