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—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.
How it will work
Each manager will have a maximum two challenges per game.
If a challenge is upheld, it won’t count against a manager’s limit.
If a manager wants to challenge a call, he notifies an umpire before the next pitch.
A manager cannot call for a challenge after he argues a play.
Video will be reviews in New York, likely by current or former umpires.
If a manager is out of challenges, an umpire probably will be allowed to call for a review if he wants to.
Ball/strike calls, checked swings and some foul tip calls may not be reviewed.
— The Associated Press
—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."
—Following accusations of harassment in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room, Selig said he isn’t worried about a similar issue in MLB clubhouses. "I’m proud of our players. I’m proud of the way that they’ve acted, and I don’t have any concerns on that subject."
—Home plate collisions are not yet a big topic from his point of view: "They don’t seem to be overly concerned about it at this point, but we have had ongoing discussion."
—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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