Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pitcher Loses Perfect Game on Questionable Call

When history is in your grasp, the easy thing to do is embrace it. With two outs in the ninth inning in Detroit on Wednesday, the first-base umpire, Jim Joyce, could have called the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Donald out on a close play at first base. Make a fist, raise a forearm, and Armando Galarraga becomes the 21st pitcher — and third in the last four weeks — to throw a perfect game.
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, #58, covered first base as Cleveland Indians’ Jason Donald, right, ran to the base.

The courageous call is the one Joyce made. It was so obviously wrong that Joyce, a major league umpire since 1989, clearly had no desire to help Galarraga make history. He simply called the play as he saw it. The problem, of course, is that Joyce’s decision is easily the most egregious blown call in baseball over the last 25 years.

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