BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Vincent’s Call: No Instant Replay
Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, speaking after the end of a two-day owners meeting in Baltimore, dismissed the possibility of instant replay in baseball, and said the owners are working toward a plan that would allow high school graduates to sign baseball contracts but still play in college.
Replay was not on the agenda at the quarterly meetings, but Vincent was adamant when asked if it could work in baseball. “Baseball is a wonderful game precisely because it recognizes human fallibility,” he said. “What other game includes errors as one of the line items? We know people are going to make errors. We publish errors: runs, hits and errors. We are human. We are fallible. We make errors. We are umpires, we make a mistake. It happens.”
Referring to the summer draft, he said no recommendations were made, but said that one might be forthcoming. Deputy commissioner Steve Greenberg said baseball would like to work out an agreement with the NCAA.
Tom Kelly celebrated his fifth anniversary as the Minnesota Twins’ manager by agreeing to terms on a two-year contract extension. . . . Andre Dawson’s $3.3-million contract option for 1992 became guaranteed because, as stipulated in a 1990 agreement, he has been available for all 140 of the Chicago Cubs’ games this season. He has played in 131. . . . Right fielder Hubie Brooks of the New York Mets underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in Los Angeles. Brooks, 34, will remain at Centinela Hospital Medical Center for three to five days.