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Should Jim Joyce's call be overturned?

Everyone who saw Detroit Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga lose his perfect game in excruciating fashion will agree on three things:

*Umpire Jim Joyce blew the call.

*Galarraga deserved a perfect game.

*And something needs to be done.

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By Jodi Westrick  |  June 3, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It seems to me that, with a challenge from the Tigers manager, instant replay could/should have been used here. Specially since, like in the NFL, there are pauses between plays/pitches to allow for it. The jumbo-tron tells it like it is...the fans and Galarraga's teammates know this.

Posted by: VaTechMAN | June 3, 2010 10:39 AM

Overturning the call would not affect either the outcome of the game nor any pennant race, so there's absolutely no harm in fixing this debacle. Also, it's not like such a reversal has never been done before - anyone reccall the infamous "Pine Tar Incident"? That reversal actually did affect the outcome of the ballgame...

Posted by: dfl1 | June 3, 2010 11:05 AM

No Way!!!!! It is what it is!!! Reversing this would open a myriad of problems.

Posted by: lek91091 | June 3, 2010 11:13 AM

Everyone who saw Detroit Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga lose his perfect game in excruciating fashion will agree on three things:

*Umpire Jim Joyce blew the call.
*Galarraga deserved a perfect game.
*And something needs to be done.
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Everyone? Get stuffed. You got one out three from this guy.

Posted by: mcoghlan | June 3, 2010 11:18 AM

Absolutely not. Baseball is a game that is officiated almost entirely through human subjectivity. There have been bad calls in other sports and the game goes on. In fact, for an official to apologize to the player speaks volumes about the game itself. There were 1001 calls made in the game that probably could have gone either way. If you overturn the call, you basically say that no call that has ever been made is valid. Put the game in the Umps' hands and leave it there for better or for worse.

Posted by: Rainier1 | June 3, 2010 11:22 AM

The Commissioner can do it in the interest of fairness. The call may have been subjective, but the video makes it objective -- and wrong. The UMPIRE said he blew it. Reverse the call in the best interests of baseball.

Posted by: bobfromalexandria | June 3, 2010 11:30 AM

Sure -- this is the perfect storm of the worst possible call imaginable, yet one that can be cleanly reversed with zero negative effects. The call was demonstrably incorrect, and the correct call ends the game immediately. The outcome in that regard is clean and simple. The game still ended in a victory for the same team shortly thereafter anyway, so nothing in terms of standings is affected.

And I know there's no crying in baseball, but it seems deeply cruel and malicious to require these two men to carry this around for the rest of their lives for no good reason besides bar trivia. The runner was out. Galarraga gets a perfect game. Everyone goes home happy. If self-annointed baseball "purists" are worried about this setting some sort of precedent, then all they need to worry about is the possibility that in the future people might argue whether another blatantly incorrect ump's call in the 9th in a perfect game should be overturned. I wouldn't hold my breath about it happening again this century.

Posted by: zippyspeed | June 3, 2010 11:44 AM

There was once a time when a few hundred fans sitting along the first base line would have gotten a close look at the blown call and made a fuss. Then television came along and fans at home could yell at the screen, especially after instant replay with multiple camera angles gave a more precise view of the blown call. NOW we have the internet and this blown call has gone viral. Baseball is in the eye of a hurricane and better come to terms with the fact that obviously blown calls can no longer be dismissed simply because baseball is a game of by and for humans. Football has added instant replay and basketball officials refer to replay of the television signal when calls need to be made at the end of a quarter. Baseball will simply become a laughing stock if it ignores what millions of people have seen so clearly was a blown call at such a crucial point in what before this year was a rare occasion. Time to enter the 21st century...

Posted by: DevilMayCare | June 3, 2010 12:00 PM

A game ending play is what makes this a non-controversial decision which WILL NOT open up a myriad of problems in future miscalls.

Posted by: richs91 | June 3, 2010 12:49 PM

No. We should not review in order that a pitcher may have a fancy statistic when we do not review plays that affect the outcome of games.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | June 3, 2010 12:55 PM

can you open a myriad? Reverse the call since the manager appealed it... the door is open and the way is clear.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | June 3, 2010 1:15 PM

Who cares? It is after all just a game. And how many called strikes were wrong?

Posted by: jdonner2 | June 3, 2010 1:20 PM

Who cares? It is after all just a game. And how many called strikes were wrong?
Posted by: jdonner2 | June 3, 2010 1:20 PM
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amen.....

Posted by: WildBill1 | June 3, 2010 1:26 PM

Everyone knows the guy was out ... Game over. Don't cover-up the truth and pretend that what happened, didn't happen.

Posted by: upland_bill | June 3, 2010 1:29 PM

Until baseball starts to use instant replay, a bad call stands just like the rest of them. No one is trying to cover it up, but at the timje thats what the ump saw and thats whet he called. Get the league to use instant replay for refs and you can reverse things.

Posted by: schnauzer2 | June 3, 2010 1:41 PM

No harm, no foul.

Do the right thing, Bud, reverse the call in the "best interest of baseball".

Show a bit of good will.

Could I USE more cliches? LOL

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 1:42 PM

If he was called safe, but he was actually out, would they reverse that?

Posted by: AsstGM | June 3, 2010 2:06 PM

Baseball in recent decades has lost much of its integrity with steroid scandals. The only right thing to do is to have the commissioner reverse the flagrantly wrong call by the umpire.

He should institute a system of limited instant replay to go into effect tomorrow, whereby any call in the 9th inning when a perfect game or game in the post-season is on the line can be challenged by a manager. This will only potentially affect a few games each year.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 3, 2010 2:25 PM

Baseball dose not utilize instant replay. It depends on the judgement call of humans. Call made-call stands. If there is so much outrage, lobby MLB to begin the use of instant replay on close or questionable calls. Other than that, enjoy the game for what it is.

Posted by: alrob | June 3, 2010 2:36 PM

Everybody is watching in hi-def now. There may have been a time where you just had to take someone's word for it, but those days are long gone. A bad call is now demonstrably apparent to everyone in the world, and ignoring reality is stubbornly holding on to some false "integrity" that only existed in the first place due to the lack of available technology.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | June 3, 2010 6:12 PM

Of course 'Used Car' Bud won't change it...it's like with those clunkers he used to peddle, 'all sales are FINAL' sucker

When is Baseball going to wise up and get a real Commish?

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 3, 2010 6:59 PM

If this hadn't been the last out of the game you can make a case for living with the error. It was the last out if called correctly so it would not open up a Pandora's Box. It would also limit severely it's use in the future as this situation would be rare.

Posted by: theduck6 | June 9, 2010 7:53 AM

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