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Adventures in replay at the Arizona Fall League …


Major League Baseball has begun a trial run of its new replay challenge system in this year’s Arizona Fall League and MLB.com beat writer Tom Singer is on the scene …

Keep in mind that AFL managers have been encouraged to use their replay challenges liberally. But this system — with challenges rather than a booth umpire — really seems like it’s going to be a mess.

Singer wrote Tuesday — the first night of the trial run — that Salt River Rafters and Mesa Solar Sox players “were loudly and emphatically urging for replays from their respective dugouts after every even remotely close play on the field.” Now amplify that to the major league level, where the games matter much, much more and the stadiums are filled with thousands of fans. AFL games rarely draw more than a couple-hundred people.