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Thursday June 3, 2010 7:35 pm

Nobody’s perfect

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Rumors,

Armando GalarragaIf you haven’t heard about Armando Galarraga’s not-quite-perfect game, where have you been? With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, after having retired 26-straight Cleveland Indian hitters, Galarraga’s bid for perfection was denied on a blown call by first base umpire Jim Joyce. A ground ball from Jason Donald was fielded by Miguel Cabrera who threw to Galarraga covering first to beat the runner and the game was over; at least for everybody other than Joyce, who called Donald safe.

And that, as they say, was that. Galarraga retired the next hitter to finish with a complete game, one hitter. But that’s beside the point. What’s important is what happened after the game. Joyce went into the locker room to review the play and saw he blew the call. He then asked to see Galarraga and apologized profusely for his error. Galarraga accepted the apology. What happens now is out of either Joyce or Galarraga’s control.

Major League Baseball is allowed to go to video replay for home run calls. They’re also allowed to reverse decisions made by an official game scorer after the game. Galarraga’s imperfect game play does not fall into either category. Still, Commissioner Bud Selig is apparently discussing a reversal with his senior advisors, and while doing so may correct a tragedy, but it opens up the floodgate of questionable plays that may call for reversals, many of which may have had a much greater impact on the outcome of a game than last night’s was.

Should Selig reverse the call? Everybody knows Galarraga was perfect anyway, even Jim Joyce. In the annals of history, an asterisk will mark the second of June, regardless of the decision. If the call stands, the future “21st” perfect game will always be the unofficial 22nd, and if the call is reversed, not only will Crowe’s following at bat have to be erased, but whenever the game is talked about, there will have to be mention of the action of the Commissioner. History was made last night, just not in the way everybody had hoped. As Galarraga himself said after the game, sometimes life just isn’t fair.



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