June 03, 2010

The blown perfect game

Wow, I wasn't aware of this: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has the power to overturn umpire Jim Joyce's blown call from last evening that cost the Detroit Tigers' Armando Galarraga the third perfect game of this Major League season.

The instantly infamous play, which had social networking sites all abuzz, will add to the argument that baseball needs to expand its use of replays. As of now, they can only be used for questionable home runs.

I chatted with a teacher buddy of mine this morning about this. Why not give MLB a similar replay system to that of the NFL? For instance, give each manager two replay appeals, balls and strikes being exempt. Unlike in football, there doesn't need to be a "penalty" for losing an appeal, but if so, make it an added out.

There's a down-side, to this, of course. Managers can use this to thwart momentum, slow down a hot pitcher, and what would happen to base runners in a huge variety of situations? It could be worked out, I suppose.

That being said, I hope Selig does reverse Joyce's call. It was awful, and Joyce has said so. For me its impact is of equal magnitude to Don Denkinger's blown call in game six of the 1985 World Series which [most likely] handed the Kansas City Royals their only baseball title. Having watched that game with my best friend -- a HUGE Cards fan -- has helped engrave that moment upon my memory.

Posted by Hube at June 3, 2010 03:49 PM | TrackBack

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