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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."

 

Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:55 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

you and everyone else knows it is the first 28 out perfect game in historyIt's not. Harvey Haddix threw a 36-out perfect game in 1957 because the Pirates never got him a run.



Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:54 pm
 

David Stern would not stand for this

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This proves Selig is not as powerful and courageous as he likes to portray.  If David Stern were commissioner of baseball, Galarraga would have a perfect game.  The NBA reversed a technical foul call on Kendrick Perkins, which has direct implications on the NBA Finals.  Reversing the technical foul, which is one of the more subjective calls in basketball driven by the human element, allows Perkins to play Game 1 rather than be suspended.  Nobody blinked an eye when the decision was made to rescind the tech. 

The right thing to do is give the kid his perfect game.  And if you must, add another asterisk to the baseball record book.

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Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:51 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Completely different scenerio....the call in the '85 Series was in the 8th inning of game 6....the botched call was on the leadoff batter....the Cardinals let that call get to them and choked game 6 away and then choked game 7 away too....this was a botched call on the 27th out of a perfect game....reversing it would only affect stats not the outcome of the game....quit bringing up the '85 Series and trying to compare it.



Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:48 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Please, as someone who has umpired before, these are split second decisions that the ump has to make. It's part of the game. That it happened at that moment is unfortunate but it is what it is. Can't have replay for plays like that, games take long enough. Hey, Tigers won, what is everyone so upset about, a stupid, irrelevant stat??



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:47 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Finally Rhino someone making sense! Replay maybe on its way but you can NEVER overturn a JUDGEMENT CALL the next day.
Thank you Hwnronowho. It seems logical to me.
And I also understand Tiger fans being upset about the ruling but you can't change the rules after the game has already been played. That doesn't even work on the playground.

What I don't understand is why some of these so-called fans would actually send death threats to Jim Joyce!
That just blows my mind!
I guess it takes all kinds in this world!



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:44 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

That was different...Galarraga's play was on the LAST PLAY of the game...if this incident had happened,  say in the 4th inning, there would be no debate.  This is a perfect scenario to overturn the call.  In 1985 STL still lost game 7 in the WS.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:42 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

I would prefer Joe E Brown(Elmer the Great) and Fred McMurray(It happens every spring).  Or how about William Bendix from Angels in the Outfield.  Oh yeah, may they RIP.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Finally Rhino someone making sense! Replay maybe on its way but you can NEVER overturn a JUDGEMENT CALL the next day.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:37 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

The 1985 World Series is not a similar situation. Overturning the call in this case would have no bearing on the outcome of the game.
But it is the principle of the thing.
If they overturn this one there are probably about 100 guys that threw one hitters where the only hit was a questionable call.
Does Major League Baseball really want to go back and look at all that video and award all of those guys no-hitters too?
I didn't think so!



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:32 pm
 

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Hypotheticals are nice, but this wasn't the fourth or sixth or any other inning.  It was the last out of he game, or should have been.  In addition Selig's reasoning is senseless.  He admits a mistake was made, and that it is imperative that the calls made be correct.  From this he infers that to overturn the call would damage the integrity of the game.  Selig reasons that to correct an obvious mistake is a mistake.  That's idiocy.

I agree about the challenge idea though, it adds the element of do you challenge early or save them, similar to football.


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