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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: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:24 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

This is the typical handling of the Detroit franchise by the MLB.  If this were NY the call would be reversed and Armando would receive votes for the Hall of Fame.  Careful there Selig or baseball will become as fixed as the NBA, NHL, and the WWE.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:23 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Instant replay works in all other professional sports, see why the MLB could benefit as well at

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:21 pm

Say What???

From Selig's own statement

1. No dispute the game should have ended differently.
2. It is vital that mistakes on the field be addressed.
3. Therefore, to protect the integrity of the game, I will not overturn an obvious mistake.

What?!?!?!?  That makes no sense.  Selig is an idiot.  Give me Zelig any day of the week.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 6:11 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Not that I am siding with Selig, but here is an interesting question?  Would we even be discussing this if it happened in any other inning of the game.  The answer is no.  I dont believe you change the umpires mistake for history purposes.  If you are going to over rule an umpiries mistake, you have to do that for all mistakes.  They should at least do what football does and give the managers 2 challenges during the game.  That would be a good start.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:45 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

I love how Selig reffered to Galarraga's game as an "effort".  It wasn't an effort, he achieved and was promptly raped of it.  If anything he should've praised Joyce's effort.  Since making an effort doesn't necessarily mean success, lol.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:39 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Yeah, well ... that call, like Denkinger's in '85, was so blatant that one has to suspect that the ump's decision was made at the moment the ball was hit.
In Denkinger's case, I leave his possible motives to your imagination ('Eight Men Out' ring a bell?). Last night, either the ump decided  --  or it was decided for him before Cleveland came to bat  --  that this kid was NOT going to pitch a perfect game; too many of those in a two-week span might be thought to debase the currency, so to speak.
Anyhow, here's some food for thought: A "perfect game" means just that  --  nothing (from the pitcher's stand-point) went wrong. At all. Everything has to fall just right. A bad call (especially a deliberate bad call) is something that goes wrong.
Therefore, however odious it is to say so, Gallaraga did not pitch a perfect game  --  it was marred (a runner was judged to have reached base safely, no matter how he was judged to have done so) even if the call were to be reversed tomorrow; and that which is marred cannot, by definition, be perfect.
This kind of thing is why I gave up on "big league" ball and follow the local Legion teams instead ...

Since: Jul 4, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:36 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Sounds like buddy has the makings of a politician...say something, but be sure that it can be interpreted any number of ways, then quickly run back into your little hole - I am waiting for Congress to annouce their official investigation, which will be conducted by Kevin Costner and Robert Redford.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:32 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Could not disagree more with your statement. While I think that it totally sucks for Gallaraga, this is the most historic one hitter EVER!!! 20 years from now we will see this as the moment that changed baseball. This play will force MLB to adopt a more widespread version of instant replay.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:31 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

He is deff the worse Commish in sports, but........................... He made the right call here.  You cannot turn back time & what was done.

Also;  The next guy got up & made an out (an official AB), so once that happens, you can’t go back & make believe that person did not come up & bat.  What's done is done & we all must live withg it.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:31 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

There would be so many baseball plays in history that were called wrong. If Selig overturned this call, people would be jumping out of the woodwork to say other plays should be overturned.

This does not take into account if an ump got a call wrong that helped someone's cause. Should those be overturned and take away any perfect games in the past if all those games were scruntinized also.

A major can of worms would be opened!

WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED IMO, when all the Tigers came out of the dugout and said the replay showed the call was wrong, the umps should have got together and set a precedent and viewed the replay quickly in the dugout. Make the change and then deal with any backlash from that, though I can't imagine many people would complain too much if the call ended up correct

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