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Tigers' Galarraga loses perfect game on blown call

Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers lost his bid for a perfect game Wednesday night with two outs in the ninth inning on a call that first base umpire Jim Joyce later admitted he blew.

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"I just cost that kid a perfect game," Joyce said. "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay."

"It was the biggest call of my career," said Joyce.

By Sports Editor  |  June 2, 2010; 10:05 PM ET
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Instant replay would ruin the game. The call that cost Galarraga his perfect game was unfortunate but bad calls are part of the game. Baseball is an imperfect game and that is part of the magic of the game.

Posted by: SCL24 | June 2, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Baseball needs to figure out how to get it done. With today's technology, there is no reason for the entire world to be able to see those close calls, except for the umps. I think if the league, players, umps, and teams got together, they could figure out a way.

It is a shame that the kid lost a perfect game, it would be a sin for a team to lose the world series, or an ability to get to the series, based on an easily correctable mistake.

Posted by: kamdog | June 2, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree with kamdog. Baseball needs to figure how to use technology to protect against egregiously bad calls such as the one that just cost Galarraga his perfect game. Fans won't abide such an historic moment and achievement being ruined by a glaring umpiring mistake. Does MLB think its mission is to teach us that life is inherently unfair?

With instant replay bad calls would still be part of the game, but there would just be fewer of them, and they would not be as clear cut.

Posted by: dcc1968 | June 3, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Whats the hang-up with these umpires and mgt?

This is the 21st century the last time I looked.

Posted by: hfaulk01 | June 3, 2010 4:09 AM | Report abuse

Slow down the game and sell more beer? What happens when a manager throws a red flag and turns out to be wrong? Runner gets an extra base?

Put Gallaraga at the top of the record book, for being the only pitcher to throw a 28-out perfect game. Stitch "We Are Not Perfect" on the back of umpire jackets during the All-Star game.

Posted by: RossPhx | June 3, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm a bit of a baseball purist and think that instant replay would ruin the game, if used for the way it is in other sports.


It should be available for situations such as this. The final out of a potential perfect game certainly merits the use of a replay to get a close call right.

Posted by: gmart68b | June 3, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

The last thing MLB should do is implement a more extensive instant replay as a knee jerk reaction to one bad call. It sucks that a bad call cost the kid a perfect game, but bad calls happen in the sport. And over the course of a season they tend to average out. Yes, there's no way to "average out" a blown perfect game, but one call isn't nearly enough reason to mess with the sanctity of the sport.

Posted by: thurdl01 | June 3, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Bad calls may be a part of baseball, but they are an ILLEGITIMATE part of baseball that are only present because umpires screw up.

Baseball should go BEYOND instant replay. Umpires are ENTIRELY obsolete. ALL calls should be made via video from a booth upstairs. Balls and strikes should be called by an automated system -- something that is quite easily accomplished with today's technology.

Baseball games should be entirely decided by the play on the field, and not decided by umpiring bias and/or error. Get rid of the bums!

Remember, without umpires there will be nobody to eject a Roy Oswalt, and nobody to blow a strike three call to cost the Nats a badly needed win.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | June 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

The "purists" all make the same ridiculous, absurd statement: "instant replay would ruin the game." That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. How does eliminating even a couple of blatant mistakes a game "ruin" anything. I have seen at least 10 games "ruined" by umpires this season already.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | June 3, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

This has been a terrible year of umpiring in MLB and last night's call was among the worst ever.

Instant replay would solve some of the problem, but I would really like to see electronic systems for balls and strikes. To me, this is the worst part of the game.

Posted by: petecard | June 3, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The NFL has a system that works pretty well. Why not use that? Each team gets two challenges (instead of throwing a red flag you can just walk out and request that a play be reviewed) and if they get both right then they get a third.

The argument against that is that it slows the game down too much. Ok, so each team gets one challenge, but if they get it correct then they get a second challenge. At most you will have four reviews a game, and even that is unlikely.

The reason for using a challenge system is that it minimizes the pressure on the umps to decide how often to go to reply and ensures the game will not be slowed down too much.

Some problems do not have ready made solutions. This one does.

Posted by: wassavi | June 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Everything evolves, even baseball. I consider myself a purist, but I don't agree that a limited number of challenges would ruin the game. Plenty of time is already wasted on fruitless arguments with the umps.

Posted by: kbockl | June 3, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

this is that totally unique situation -- 2 outs in the ninth inning -- when reversing the call wouldn't invite any "what if" questions about subsequent batters, pitching strategy, etc. that could have had an impact on the rest of the game had it occurred earlier. reverse the call and move on -- though I do like the suggestion from RossPhx to put Galarrga in the record books as the only pitcher to throw a 28-out perfect game.

Posted by: eomcmars | June 3, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

There is more to baseball than athleticism and competition. There is also aesthetics. For me, getting rid of umpires would ruin the game absolutely. It just wouldn't be the same.

And FergusonFoont, you who suggested an electronic eye for calling balls and strikes: leave my sport alone, you galoot.

Posted by: oxhead1 | June 3, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

How about younger umpires? This seems like the easiest answer

Posted by: NATSFAN10 | June 3, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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