Selig to let GMs look into using instant replay

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Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, a staunch opponent of instant replay, is willing to let major league general managers examine whether it should be used.

"I don't like instant replay because I don't like all the delays. I think it sometimes creates as many problems or more than it solves," Selig said Friday night during Game of the National League Championship Series. "But I am willing to say we'll at least talk about these if people want to talk about it. I'm going to let the general managers discuss it, let them come back and make recommendations. No, I'm not a big advocate of instant replay."

General managers meet from Nov. 5-8 in Orlando, Fla. Rockies manager Clint Hurdle says replays would cut down on arguments and speeds games.

"No, it would not shorten the game," Selig said. "In the other sports that use it, one thing we can be assured of is it hasn't shortened the games. It takes time. But look, you won't say you wouldn't consider something. There are controversial decisions, and I understand it. But this has been going on 130 years, too. So, we'll see."

Four times this season Hurdle thought the Rockies were robbed of a home run by an umpire's incorrect decision, including a crucial seventh-inning call in Colorado's 13-inning win over San Diego in the NL wild-card playoff when Garrett Atkins hit a line drive that appeared to clear the left-field wall before bouncing back into play.

PHILLIES: Re-signed their entire coaching staff through 2008, four days after manager Charlie Manuel got a contract extension.

Bench coach Jimy Williams, pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Milt Thompson, first-base coach Davey Lopes, third-base coach Steve Smith, bullpen coach Ramon Henderson and catching instructor Mick Billmeyer each had his contract renewed Saturday.

"I couldn't be happier with the job my coaches did this year," Manuel said. "Their hard work paid off in a big way when we won the division."

The NL East champions finished one game ahead of the New York Mets to end a 14-year postseason drought.

Dubee handled a staff that used a club-record 28 different pitchers. Thompson led an offense that led the league in runs for the second straight year.

Lopes, in his first season with the Phillies, helped the club have the best stolen-base percentage (87.9 percent) in major league history. The Phillies stole 138 bases in 157 chances.


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