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Besides, players, managers and coaches are all over the map on the issue.

“I think you could expand it, but to what degree, I don’t honestly know,” Leyland said. “I do not want to take human element out of the game, especially since we ought to be amazed how many times those guys are right.

“But it’s the way the situations are being handled after the call that we have to get straight right now. I know Joe Torre is working his fanny off, but the relationship has got to be workable. Like I said, maybe we all just need to relax a little.”


Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)