PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Expanded instant replay may ultimately result in less controversy during games this season, but Mets manager Terry Collins still envisions plenty of ejections in his future.
"I think you're going to still see a number of ejections, I really do," said Collins, who was tossed from a relatively tame three games last season. "We've got some guys, like myself, who can get fiery at times."
The league's new replay rules, which will also apply to MLB's partial ban of collisions at home plate, allow managers to challenge certain plays during games. The Mets are currently deciding who in their organization will watch television replays to determine what is worth a challenge, so that when Collins emerges from the dugout to argue, he already knows if he should ask umpires to go to the tape.
"You've got to have someone on that computer who has the ability to replay this stuff in a hurry," Collins said, joking that PR director Jay Horwitz, a notorious technophobe, will not fulfill the role. "You can get this information within 10 seconds. If there's a close play, all you've got to do is say, 'Stop, replay,' and bingo, you've got the answer."
Teams are expected to test the new replay rules during Spring Training games, though they will not have as many television camera angles available to them as during the regular season.