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Senator takes on bad call on Galarraga perfect game

Even Congress is weighing in on the bad call by an umpire at the close of Detroit Tiger Armando Galarraga's bid for a perfect game Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians. In the ninth inning, umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly called the Cleveland runner safe, spoiling Galarraga's chance at the rare feat. The proper call would have ended the game and given the pitcher a perfect game, one of just 21 in the more than 100-year history of Major League Baseball.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has issued a statement demanding that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig overturn the call: "Last night's performance deserves its place in the record books. It is clear that Commissioner Selig should make an exception in this case and invoke the 'best interests of the game clause' to reflect Armando Galarraga's perfect game for the Detroit Tigers."

Granted, Stabenow's statement might not have as much gravitas as noted MLB writers such as The Post's Thomas Boswell.
But Selig has shown a capacity in the past to only act after getting pushed by Congress.
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By Washington Post staff  |  June 3, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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Posted by: itkonlyyou100 | June 4, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Isn't she the same senator who can tell global warming is happening because she can feel it when she flies?

Posted by: mcbaker | June 3, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The Commissioner has no choice but to let the call stand. If he overturned the call by the base umpire, he would open the door to request after request to use replay again and again.
That cannot happen.
The umpire is always right. Even when he is wrong, he is always right.
This error in a judgment call is very painful for all involved.
Perhaps umpires will work harder to get on the correct side of the call and to make the right call.

Posted by: csavferg1 | June 3, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Earth to Stabenow.....where are the jobs?

Posted by: dareisay | June 3, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Earth to Stabenow.....where are the jobs?

Posted by: dareisay | June 3, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I feel really bad for the pitcher, but seriously? Congress is getting involved...in baseball of all things? Seriously?

Posted by: forgetthis | June 3, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree completely with Dungarees -- all 3 times. Stabenow's suggestion is correct, her decision to make it as part of her official duties as a Senator is not.

Posted by: mvm2 | June 3, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

As much as I agree that the Commissioner should change the call in his capacity - and recognizing that the wrong call was made on the last play the game, and that's entirely different than if it was made on even the next to last play, I don't think this is an issue that Congress should get into. Congress has enough things to do without dictating what should be done in day to day sports, even if it is in their constituency or of a "historic" nature. If the Gentlewoman from Michigan wants to run baseball, she can try to become Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

dungarees@gmail.com

Posted by: Dungarees | June 3, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

As much as I agree that the Commissioner should change the call in his capacity - and recognizing that the wrong call was made on the last play the game, and that's entirely different than if it was made on even the next to last play, I don't think this is an issue that Congress should get into. Congress has enough things to do without dictating what should be done in day to day sports, even if it is in their constituency or of a "historic" nature. If the Gentlewoman from Michigan wants to run baseball, she can try to become Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

dungarees@gmail.com

Posted by: Dungarees | June 3, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

As much as I agree that the Commissioner should change the call in his capacity - and recognizing that the wrong call was made on the last play the game, and that's entirely different than if it was made on even the next to last play, I don't think this is an issue that Congress should get into. Congress has enough things to do without dictating what should be done in day to day sports, even if it is in their constituency or of a "historic" nature. If the Gentlewoman from Michigan wants to run baseball, she can try to become Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Posted by: Dungarees | June 3, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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