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Statement from MLB on blown call in 'perfect' game

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement regarding last night's game in Detroit:

First, on behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate Armando Galarraga on a remarkable pitching performance. All of us who love the game appreciate the historic nature of his effort last night.

The dignity and class of the entire Detroit Tigers organization under such circumstances were truly admirable and embodied good sportsmanship of the highest order. Armando and Detroit manager Jim Leyland are to be commended for their handling of a very difficult situation. I also applaud the courage of umpire Jim Joyce to address this unfortunate situation honestly and directly. Jim's candor illustrates why he has earned the respect of on-field personnel throughout his accomplished career in the Major Leagues since 1989.

As Jim Joyce said in his postgame comments, there is no dispute that last night's game should have ended differently. While the human element has always been an integral part of baseball, it is vital that mistakes on the field be addressed. Given last night's call and other recent events, I will examine our umpiring system, the expanded use of instant replay and all other related features. Before I announce any decisions, I will consult with all appropriate parties, including our two unions and the Special Committee for On-Field Matters, which consists of field managers, general managers, club owners and presidents.

By Alexa Steele  |  June 3, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
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Selig, reverse the call. If not, then it is only fitting that we as fans boycott baseball games until you do. Who's with me?

Posted by: classicskins | June 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I have already sent an email to MLB letting them know that is my position as well. I cannot support a game that so unjustly takes away an effort like that by nit making things right that one of their employees clearly made wrong. There is no question about the call in this situation.

Posted by: jaygatsby27 | June 3, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

What a lousy decision! Selig is a bum.

Posted by: bryan37 | June 3, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse


Selig, you would have to call a committee together to determine what time it was.

Exercise your powers and do the right thing. Be a leader.

Posted by: muddapucker | June 3, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and go back and correct the Derrick Jeter HR to right that should have been a routine pop-out. everyone in the world knows was FAN INTERFERENCE in the 1996 ALCS. Don't change any future calls let baseball continue to ruin random plays, its the way it is I guess. Is a perfect game more important than a ALCS game?

Posted by: MajorFacemask | June 3, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

We all knew Selig was spineless, even in the face of overwhelming video and public support. He really has the chance to step up and do the right thing, but like so many instances in his tenure, he has failed. Selig=puppet for major league owners, and MLB will continue to flounder under his watch.

Posted by: comhendbear | June 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Basically Selig's saying he won't do anything. Sure, he'll call the All-Star Game a tie because he wants to go home and go to bed, but this will be tied up as an "administrative matter" until the next blown call. I always wondered what the MLB Commissioner got paid to do. A whole lotta nothing, it would appear... Everyone is talking about how bad umpiring as a whole is this season, why isn't there a review committee analyzing that too?

Posted by: spacehog | June 3, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Major, fan interference with regards to home runs is now one of three areas subject to instant replay. This changed in late 2008. I think one of the reasons that a lot of people are agreeable to having the Commish overturn this decision is that it has no impact on the outcome of the game with regards to who won or lost, only whether Gallaraga is credited with a perfect game or a 1-hit shutout. The really unfortunate thing is that the umpires didn't confer and overrule the decision made right then and there. But, a win's a win.

Posted by: dbrue | June 3, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Selig, at least you made the correct call. If you had changed that call would you also changed the call in the 8th leading to 2 Tigers runs. And would all the fans be demanding a changed call if the runner had been safe and called out. Would they want a perfect game taken away the next day, and have to replay the end of the game. Get instant replay for situations like this and have the play change made during the game, not the next day.

Posted by: RussellCox | June 3, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Selig's lack of class only serves to underscore what fine men Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga really are. The two of them have demonstrated incredible class, and it would be great if there were more men like them in sports today.
In a time when too many have taken accomplishment as license to do whatever they wish, Joyce and Galarraga are the true role models we need.

Posted by: jlhare1 | June 3, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

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