In what's being called one of "the worst calls in baseball history," umpire Jim Joyce "robbed" Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game — nine innings pitched with no hits, walks or errors — Wednesday night, after incorrectly calling a Cleveland Indians runner safe at first base. (Replays clearly show the runner was out.) Despite a tearful apology by Joyce and desperate pleas from fans, however, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has so far refused to reverse the call. Should Selig officially give Galarraga his perfect game — or does changing the rules for a single play set a dangerous precedent? (Watch the controversial call below)
Change the call, Selig — change it now: "There isn't anyone on this planet who believes Galarraga didn't throw a perfect game," says Jon Heyman in Sports Illustrated. Now, Selig has the "chance to correct a correctable imperfection," and see to it that this generally acknowledged fact is reflected in the record books.
"Bud Selig's call not to overrule Jim Joyce the wrong one"
Changing it would open Pandora's box: "As bad as Jim Joyce’s on-field decision was, the consequences of reversing a call a day after it was made would be far worse," says Mark Bradley in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It would open the door to a never-ending stream of contested calls — and potentially put the outcome of past games in question.
"Bud Selig gets one right: The imperfect call stands"
Galarraga was 'cheated honestly': Like it or not, "imperfect umpires are as much a part of this sport as imperfect fielders who muff a pop fly or imperfect runners who neglect to touch a base," says George Vecsey in The New York Times. So yes, Armando Galarraga "was cheated of a perfect game. But he "was cheated honestly, within the rules." The only question now is: "What can be done in the near future to prevent anything this grotesque?"
"Worst call ever? Sure. Kill the umpires? Never."
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