Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game, but a close play at first ended his bid for the record books.
Video replays of the potential 27th out showed Cleveland Indians baserunner Jason Donald was beat by Galarraga's catch while covering first base, but umpire Jim Joyce ruled the runner safe.
Joyce admitted his mistake on the field and apologized after the game.
Is this the latest example for Major League Baseball to expand video replay on close calls? Should baseball keep the human element as a part of the game? Have your say in our forum.
Bud sucks !!!!!
AndyV., 2010-06-06 19:30:33
Give each manager one opportunity to challenge a call, and award a maximum of one extra challenge if a manager's first challenge is successful.
This forces the manager to choose his spots carefully. In all likelihood, a challenge would only be made if the game were on the line -- a reasonable and worthwhile use of the umpires' time.
Given the clean-cut nature of baseball, time committed to challenges will also likely be kept to a minimum. It's easier to spot a glove tag -- he either did it or didn't -- than judge a hockey goal distorted by netting and the goalie, or accurately spotting a football the moment a player's knee touches the ground.
harro, 2010-06-04 11:04:15
What happened in that Tigers game could just as easily have happened in the 1st inning - and when it was over people would be saying "too bad about that close play in the 1st - he might have had a perfect game." And that would be the extent of the "controversy."
Umoires blow calls as do referees in basketball, hockey, football and soccer. 'Twas ever thus. Live with it.
Gary O., 2010-06-04 07:22:41
It's 2010 the "grand ol'baseball game" needs to catch-up with technology. Selig's a wuss & needs to grow a pair...typical politician, passing the buck onto someone else, yet at the sametime, denying this poor kid his due credit...sickning!!
At the very least, kudos to Joyce, for facing the maggot media, admitting his mistake. How many times did we witness a bonehead call in hockey, with the ref "hiding" behind the league afterwards.
Mitch, 2010-06-03 18:59:20
Shame on Selig!
Cappthook, 2010-06-03 18:29:39