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Upon further review, Terry Collins on board with expanding MLB replay

Mets manager Terry Collins watches from the bench

Mets manager Terry Collins watches from the bench before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Aug. 11, 2012) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON — Terry Collins used to be against instant replay of any kind. With Friday’s online report that Major League Baseball will be testing two different kinds of replay systems next week to determine fair or foul balls within the field of play — the cameras are installed at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field — Collins is all for expanding replay now.

“I thought this was a game played by human beings who make mistakes,” Collins said. “But now, the technology is so good, it can happen so fast, you might as well use it. Get the calls right. With what’s happening now, tough calls can change the course of a pennant race.”

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, MLB will test out a radar-based system and a camera-based system, both similar to technology used in Grand Slam tennis.

They will be tested during games but not used for official replays, which are currently limited to home-run calls and fan interference.

Collins has no issue with the amount of time needed to check replays. “It’s minuscule,” he said. “It would take a lot less time to go look at a replay than it does to go out and argue a call. So why not get it right?”

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