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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: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:29 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Selig, What is the problem?????? Ump agrees that he made the mistake and changing the outcome will not affect ANYTHING ELSE!!!!
I could under stand if it happened in the middle of the game where batting orders changed or roles were changed but this is not the case here.

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

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

You are correct!

Also; Nothing you can do it about it after the fact.  You can’t change history & turn back the clock.  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 with it.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:22 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Does anyone disagree that this guy is the worst Commissioner in all of sports? Between the All-Star debacle ending in a tie, the steroid era, not re-instating Pete Rose, a blown perfect game call, horrible management of umpires, the Phillies/Rays World Series rain-out and makeup, I would say he has a horrible resume. Also, what is Milwaukee thinking putting a statue of this guy outside of their stadium? They should put his face where it belongs, in the urinals so fans can truly show their appreciation. He should have overturned last night's call. It wasn't like changing it would have changed the outcome of the game. History will remember Galarraga as a class act through this, Jim Joyce as someone who screwed up and then manned up, and Bud Selig as the weisel that he is.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:21 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

I hate Selig, but this time he is right.  He can make all the statements he wants about it being unique circumstances or a one-time event, but the language is irrelevent.  Reversing the decision would most definitely have created a slippery-slope.  It would have been impossible to avoid. 

The most important part of the message was the credit he gave the Tiger organization.  Leyland and Armando have been impressive in their professionalism and class, kudos to them!  Now if they can get over it, move on, and let Joyce continue to do his typically stellar job, shouldn't the fans do the same?

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:20 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Wow...very well said. I concur on all parts. Thank you for your post. Maybe you should be running this sport?

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:17 pm

Selig make the only decision he could.

Mr. Selig for once made the right call on this one. You simply can not have the commish over ruling on field calls no matter what the situation or outcome. To do so destroys all confindence and authority in the umpiring staff. "After further review", yes it appears that umpire Jim Joyce made an incorrect call. Is it the first time, no. Will it be the last time, certainly not. Bud Selig did the repsonisble thing, no matter how unpopular it may be. Was Armando Galarraga cheated of immortality, most likely. But that is the game of baseball. Bad calls are made every day both for and against the good guys. Its just how the game is played. So stop whining, deal with it and move on. Hopefully, this will trigger the expansion of the instant reply to be used for close plays other than questionable home runs as it should be. Congrats to Galarraga on a fantastic game and congrats to the Tigers for handling this with class. My final thought is.....had this not been a potential perfect game, would anyone have cared? For me, Id rather see something done about the inconsistant strike zones or lack thereof. Sometimes its an absolute joke what gets called a strike and what doesnt.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:09 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

If it isnt possible to reverse the call, why would teams have the right to play a game
under protest?  Why would the commissioners office ever have to review a call with
the power to overturn it but wont.  All parties involved have stepped forward and stated
 the same thing.  The Ump, The Tigers, Heck even the Indians. 

Bud, You have an uncanny ability to turn something simple into rocket science when it
doesnt have to be.  This isnt a silly rule change like deciding the World Series home
field advantage with the out come of an exhibition game.  It was the final out of a
game in which the pitcher was perfect.  Do the right thing and give Gallaraga his
place in the history books. 

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:05 pm

What would overturning it really do

Why overturn it and make it a perfect game in the Official Baseball Record Books.  More people will remember this "perfect game" than Halladay's or Jiminez's.  Officially changing it will only open a can or worms that need not be opened.  If this was a no hitter that was ruined would we overturn, a shutout ruined or preserved by a play at home, where would it end?  Selig made the right call.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:04 pm

Bud should give Milwaukee Taxpayers

their tax dollars back while he's at it. That needs to be replayed - he ramrods through a new stadium solely paid for by taxpayers in his daughter's behalf. The taxpayers didn't even want it. Now his daughter is sitting on a franchise that's worth at least $100 MIL more than before the stadium was built - what a swindle - replay it Bud!!! 

Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:03 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Agreed. You cant retroactively call a play just to give somebody an achievement he knows he has. Regrettable, yes, but its unfair to all other terrible calls that have been made over the history of the game to selectively overturn this one call and not go back and adjust every other game that has been affected by bad umping.

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