2008 Major League Baseball

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The 2008 Major League Baseball season was the ninth season in which the two major leagues, the National League and the American League, were consolidated into a single entity under the authority of the Commissioner, Bud Selig.

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2008 marked the first introduction of instant replay in Major League Baseball. It was introduced in mid-year, on August 28th and was only in use to make decisions on home runs. It was also the final season in which the QuesTec system was used to evaluate umpires consistency in calling balls and strikes.

The season started with a two-game series between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome on March 25-26, the third time an opening series had been staged in Japan after 2000 and 2004.


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