• Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced plans Thursday to expand video replay for the 2014 season. A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval and the Players’ Association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system. Vice President Joe Torre gave MLB’s replay presentation to representatives from all 30 teams on Wednesday.
• MLB managers would be allowed one challenge during the first six innings and two from the seventh inning through the end of the game. Calls that are challenged would be reviewed by a crew in MLB’s headquarters in New York City. Challenges not made in the first six innings would not carry over to their allotment for later in the game. If a manager won a challenge, he would retain it.
• Only reviewable plays could be challenged. MLB officials expect those challenges would take 75 seconds. Current replays average about three minutes.
• The Philadelphia Phillies on Friday fired manager Charlie Manuel. Ryne Sandberg has been brought in on an interim basis. Manuel said, “I’m mad because they took the best seat in the house from me.”
• Manuel led the Phillies to baseball in October five years in a row, including a World Series title in 2008. But after missing the playoffs last year and remaining near the bottom of the NL East for most of this season, the Phillies cut ties.
• Mark Reynolds has had quite an up-and-down season. He was one of baseball’s best hitters and looked to be MLB’s best free-agent signing this offseason. He then went on an almost historically bad June and July before being designated for assignment by the Indians. The New York Yankees signed him Thursday and Reynolds homered in his first game with the Yankees.
• Yet another turn has been taken in the Alex Rodriguez-Biogenesis-MLB-Bud Selig daytime drama. A report by 60 Minutes states that members of A-Rod’s inner circle leaked the names of other players suspended over their involvement with Biogenesis, most notably superstar Ryan Braun. According to the report, members of Rodriguez’s camp obtained “unredacted versions” of the documents that contained Braun’s name and sent them to Yahoo! Sports, which first reported it. Rodriguez’s attorney, David Cornwell, released a statement saying the allegations are untrue. Tune in this week.
— Ryan Lewis