SAN DIEGO -- A close call in the first six innings tonight could quickly shine a light on baseball's most radical rule change and the managers who are governed by it. Both teams will have access to the new instant-replay technology.
The Dodgers were able to experiment with a cruder version of instant replay in spring training, and manager Don Mattingly said he feels comfortable with it going into Sunday's game. By the time he goes on the field to argue, the play will have been examined multiple times.
"I'm pretty confident in the technology with how fast it is and how clear it is," Mattingly said.
Mattingly doesn't want to divulge the name of the team employee who is manning the replay system because he doesn't want fans to criticize that person if the challenge is dismissed. The reviewer sits in the visiting clubhouse here surrounded by three laptop computers and two high-resolution screens with 15 different camera angles at his disposal, all with close-up, rewind and fast-forward options.