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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: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:29 pm

And they wonder why baseball is a dying sport?

Maybe it's because the ideals by which it is run are not what its customers want!

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:22 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Selig has no balls whatsoever

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:14 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

I'll probably be the only one who agrees with you on this but you're right on. People want to act in the here and now without thinking of the ramifications for such a decision. Although I admit I wanted to see him reverse the call I also realize he really couldn't. As another stated, they would have to reverse the 1985 World Series as well. That just isn't going to happen.

Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:11 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

I agree with you completely. What the human element noted was that they were wrong. I understand if Bud was cautious about making this decision if the Ump said that he was to stand by his call and did not admit that he was wrong. But not only did the instant replay show that the Ump was wrong and the Ump even admitted that he was wrong. All the elemnts are there for Bud to overturn the call and he was stupid and did not. I think that this is something that is going to haunt Bud forever until he overturns the call. He is such an idiot for not doing so.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:10 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

There is absolutely no reason not to implement limited video replay of select plays such as base-running calls, whether a ball is trapped or whether a ball is foul - but not including balls and strikes or checked swings.  Like the new rules in tennis, each side can challenge a maximum of say two calls per game.  The challenge must be made before the next play.  If the challenge is successful it doesn't count.  You could even have people with remote video equipment elsewhere make the calls.  For example all hockey goal reviews are conducted by people in Toronto.  This way the umps don't have to leave the field.  Which is better: a quicker game or a correct result?  There are lots of other ways to speed up play.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:03 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

Stop Please!!!  And note I am a Tiger fan and upset about this call

These things we know

1.  Ump blew the call

2.  Should have been a perfect game

3.  People, even Umpires are people, and people make mistakes

4.  Selig is a Moron

5.  Baseball has flaws

I could go on, but this post is about common sense.


Another thing wrong with this country, the "if you don't like the outcome, take your ball and go home" mentality that is so rampant, that I, as a bitter man of 37 years old feel compelled to rant here.  MLB should look to expand replay soon.


Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:01 pm

Let me help you Bud

Let me help you Bud:

"After  consulting with the Special Committee for On-Field Matters, MLBPA, and the Umpire's Union, we have determined there are very special, unique circumstances involved with this event.  Given the nature of the situation: it was the last out of the game, it involved a perfect game, the final out was recorded with the following batter, the video replay was 100% conclusive, and the active umpiring crew admitted the call was made in error- I have decided that as commissioner I can right a wrong without affecting the integrity of the game.  Therefore I am overturning the ruling in last night's game and awarding Armando Galarraga the distinction of pitching the 21's perfect game in Major League baseball history.  This decision shall be considered non-precedent setting, and the rules for post-game review of in-game decisions shall remain in effect.  Again, this is a one time very unique circumstance and the league office will not make common practice of reviewing or reversing on-field decisions. - Bud Selig"

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:00 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

The commissioner can overturn this result -- because EVERYONE agrees the public, both teams, the umpire himself as close to immediately after is possible.  There is no debate.

Even better though, as is already happening, sports history can still record this as the only 28 out perfect game.  It is what it is.  And that probably now has to be good enough.  Even better that it is infamous.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 4:00 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

The only way this becomes "historic" is if the call is overturned or Instant replay is instituted almost immediately.  Otherwise, there is no history involved, just another 1-hitter that nobody cares about.  Come on, Bud, it deserves to be historic!

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 3:54 pm

Selig does not overturn Joyce's call

If you think overturning the call and giving him a perfect game is "the rightthing to do" you are way off. The right thing to do is live by the rules that are in place. I agree he is a horrible commish but this is the way it goes for now. You cant pick and choose what plays to overturn. There has to be a new system in place otherwise we can go back and change all sorts of outcomes in many game by looking at footage. This is the way the gsme is played, period!

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