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Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Posted on: June 3, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2010 3:33 pm

Baseball is not inclined to reverse umpire Jim Joyce's call and retroactively award Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. At least, not today. And not in the future, according to a baseball official who is not authorized to speak on the record.

What baseball is inclined to do, according to Commissioner Bud Selig, is this:

"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.”

So to (instantly) review:

Consult and deliberate, yes.

To order history changed, no.

Selig, in a statement, also congratulated Galarraga on "a remarkable pitching performance", adding that "all of us who love the game appreciate the historic nature of his effort last night."

He also acknowledged the "dignity and class of the entire Detroit Tigers organization", noting that the Tigers "were truly admirable and embodied good sportsmanship of the highest order."

And finally, he said: "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."



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2010 9:50 am

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Good for you, Bud.  and Good for the national Pastime.  Good for the integrity of the Game.  Galarraga would have been shamed for the rest of his life, now, however, he is a celebrity.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2010 8:59 am

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

the thing with that sure he blew the call. still the guy was only at 1st get the other outs since Worrell was suppose to be a good relief pitcher. and the Cards would of won or play better in game 7. totally 2 different situations. like the whole bartman thing how Cubs fans blame him. don't make errors and get out of the inning and the Cubs would've been fine. or play better the next game. If the Cubs had won the next game no one would even remember the Bartman play.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2010 8:46 am

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

You're right on. as commish Bud should have total say in what goes and not need to ask the players union if it's OK.  What's next Bud after 15 innings we just call games a freaking tie too. Use your grapefruits Bud and change the call. It's one thing if it was really a close call but by every  replay the guy was out by 2 steps. not 1 step not even a half. Do the baseball world right Bud!

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2010 6:07 am

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

oh puuulleeeze.  We could "what if" tell the cow's come home.  "What if" man had never landed on the moon in 1969. "What if" JFK had not been shot in 63. "What if" Bush v. Gore had not swung Bush's way.....

2999 v 3000 hits?  For god's sake, it if came down to one hit, I'm sure a scrub reliever is willing to throw the guy a gopher ball.  But a PERFECT GAME!?!?!?!  Least I remind you, that's only come about a handful of time x 2 in baseball history. 

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2010 6:01 am

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

What possible difference does overturning this blatant bad call make?  A game, a series, a division title, etc., is not on thel line.  I'll never understand Bud Selig.  He, yet again, has an opportunity to do the right thing and misses the boat yet again.  Even he were to overturn the decision right this minute, just the fact that he hesitated soils the outcome.  This is not a Pete Rose moment Mr. Commissioner.  No ambiguity here.  We all saw the call.  Even the opposing team wants the decision overturned.  What is there to think about?  What horrible commissioner...what a horrible man.  I enjoy baseball less and less every day knowing he is a its helm. 

As for the Umpire Joyce, fine...I sympathize with you and appreciate your contriteness...but what in god's name would have possessed you to make your worst career call at that very moment.  Were you not watching the game knowing that this kid had a perfect game going?  Everyone knows umps, refs, officials, are not immune from partiality and bias.....and god knows they makes mistakes.   Why, Umpire Joyce, knowing this pitcher had ONE MORE OUT to history, could you not have given a little bit more edge to the pitcher...especially since the call was pretty much an open and shut out.  Even if the call had been closer....a virtual tie....I would think an ump, knowing history is in the making, would be just a bit more partial towards helping someone make history.  ONE MORE OUT, Umpire Joyce.  It's almost as if you predisposed to create controversy and actually WANTED to sabotage this kid's efforts.  Now you've given our illustrious Commissioner Selig something else besides Pete Rose to stew over, and muck up, for the next 20 some odd years.  Add Galarraga to the list of one, Harvey Haddix, of pitchers we'll be talking about for the rest of our lives under the heading "what could have been."

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2010 5:03 am

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

you cant just go changing calls in challenge flag, just dealing with it.   Plus man, do you go back and give CC his No hitter when he was in Milwaukee and the Ump blew the error call? 

I'm still a little boggled by how "remarkable" this performance was...what he have, 3 K's?  Not saying he didnt pitch an outstanding game, but id have to give it up for the defense.  I didnt actually watch the game, just sayin I have seen far more impressive statlines from other 1 hit games that probably could have went a diff way had the strike zone been an inch bigger...Its all relevant.  Umps call the game, not cameras.  If you rely to heavily on technology, nothing gets done and its all micro-managed.   Dude apologized and feels like shit, it happens.  Let it go, maybe the futurte will have different rules.

Since: Aug 2, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2010 3:21 am
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Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2010 3:15 am

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

it reakky is sad. Human error is part if the game but imagine taking history from somone. He struggled last year and to come back like that is cool.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2010 12:54 am


I am 38 years old and as a sports fan for as long as my memory works, and after all the hertbreaking losses my favorite teams have endured through the years, after 24 hrs. of "the incident" I still feel so helpless and sick to the bottom of my stomach for this atrocity that has occurred.

Although I root for all Michigan teams( both my parents were born there and my dad raised me to follow those teams) I live in Wisconsin and have dealt with the incompetence of Bud Selig firsthand as he and his family owned the , and now have moved on to being the commissioner of baseball. I had hoped and felt the decision to overturn the bad call was truly the most no-brainer decision in the history of sports, but as it always comes down, and the words rang true right out of Bud's mouth that the "human element" of baseball has always been there, and what really is happeneing is Bud Selig is playing God and he is the "human element" in this case that is making this whole ordeal even worse.

I will lose sleep 2 nights on this issue now, I am just a fan, and although Galaraga has acted like an immense professional in his actions, whether it be 5,10,or 20 years from now, he will ultimatly regret the fact that he did not fight for what is right.
I love baseball, I love the and always will, but right now I am beyond inconsolable about this and I know that I will be for some time. This is the worst sports incident I have ever endured in my opinion because not only was a blown call made, but a blown decision to fix it was passed up for the arrogance and egotistical attitutude of an inept commissioner refused to do what is right.

What a god-damn shame....

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2010 12:32 am

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

There was a time where people said "there can't be interleague play, thats just not the way the game is."  Get real.
Totally archaic and idiotic to not reverse a non-game-effecting call when it is ever-so-clearly the right thing to do and, moreover, is totally victimless.

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