Little League expands use of instant replay for World Series
Bud Selig and Major League Baseball might want to take note of their kiddie counterparts when it comes to the use of modern technology.
Managers at this month's Little League World Series will be able to challenge certain calls -- including force outs, tags on base paths, missed bases and hit batters -- under a revised instant replay system, according to guidelines announced by the league Monday.
The replay system has been in place the past two seasons but could only be used on plays that should have resulted in a dead ball but were called otherwise by the umpire, such as questionable home runs and other close plays at the outfield fence.
Replay reviews were used only twice each season and none of the disputed calls were reversed.
Managers will be limited to one unsuccessful replay challenge in the first six innings and one unsuccessful challenge in extra innings.
Umpires will still have the option to call for a replay.
An umpire not on the field and a Little League official will make up a replay team, which can review up to 12 camera angles provided by ESPN before deciding whether to reverse the call.
The World Series starts Aug. 20.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.