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Counsell set to adapt to new replay rules

Brewers manager will have to make decision to challenge more quickly
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed on Thursday to new rules executing the use of in-game replays.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell believes a new 30-second limit to challenge plays on the field will have an impact on managers and how they handle replay.

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed on Thursday to new rules executing the use of in-game replays.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell believes a new 30-second limit to challenge plays on the field will have an impact on managers and how they handle replay.

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There's also a conditional two-minute guideline for replay officials to render a decision on a replay review, allowing various exceptions.

"We'll learn how to work with it," Counsell said. "The first month is going to be [interesting]. They've created a different replay system now. Very different. Frankly, I don't understand it at this point. If the plan is to get the calls right, we're not going to get the calls right now."

In the past, each manager would be able to await a full video review of the play from an evaluator working for the club before deciding to challenge. It's Counsell's opinion that 30 seconds is not enough time for that process to happen.

"From the manager's perspective and from the replay guy's perspective, you're going to have to make some quick calls and you're not going to be right," he said. "It's going to change replay. We'll figure out the best way to use it, but from where we're sitting, there's going to be a lot more [information accumulated] after 30 seconds that we just won't know."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

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