NEW YORK (AP) - Commissioner Bud Selig won't reverse an umpire's
admitted blown call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.
Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball will look at
expanded replay and umpiring, but didn't specifically address
umpire Jim Joyce's botched call Wednesday night.
A baseball official familiar with the decision confirmed to The
Associated Press that the call was not being reversed. The person
spoke on condition of anonymity because that element was not
included in Selig's statement.
Joyce said he erred on what would've been the final out in
Detroit, where the Tigers beat Cleveland 3-0. The umpire personally
apologized to Galarraga and hugged him after the game, then took
the field at Comerica Park on Thursday in tears.
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski had said the team
wouldn't ask MLB to overturn the call. The mistake denied Galarraga
the 21st perfect game in history, and the first for the Tigers.
Joyce ruled Cleveland's Jason Donald safe at first base, but
later said he got it wrong. Even in the sports world, where bad
calls are part of the mix, this one reached way beyond the lines:
the perfect game that wasn't.
Galarraga, who was barely known outside of Detroit before this
week, and Joyce, whose career had flourished in relative anonymity,
remained trending topics on Twitter more than 12 hours after the
game ended. At least one anti-Joyce Facebook page popped up and
firejimjoyce.com was launched.
From Derek Jeter to casual fans, opinions poured in.
"I was thinking if the umpire says he made a mistake on replay,
I'd call it a no-hitter, perfect game. Just scratch it," St. Louis
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "If I was Mr. Selig, in the
best interest of the game. The guy got it and I'd give him his
perfect game. But here again, I should just shut my mouth."
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