Thursday, June 3, 2010

More on last night's missed call by Jim Joyce

Tigers to extend olive branch to Joyce.

Righting a wrong: MLB could review umpire's call in Galarraga perfect game bid.



Wanna know what I think? (Well, even if you don't, you're gonna hear it anyway.)

I'll guarantee you, that no one feels worse about this than Jim Joyce. He acknowledged this, the Tigers have acknowledged this as well. What they plan to do today, before Joyce has the plate for their game with Cleveland, is about as classy as it gets.

Major League Baseball is supposedly going to "review" the call, and possibly award Armando Galarraga his perfect game after all. Okay. Yeah, sure, right, whatever. From the time he moved the Pilots from Seattle to Milwaukee in 1970, to his talk about contraction, to the All-Star game tie, to steroids, to now this, Bud Selig has messed up a lot of stuff. I can't speak to the 50 no-hitters that, under the watch of Commissioner Fay Vincent, were thrown out "for various reasons." I can't, because I don't know why they were thrown out. But, if the Tigers' official scorer refuses, from the evidence he's seen, to reverse his ruling on the play(and he has publically said he's reviewed the available replays and won't reverse his decision to rule it a hit), then how can Major League Baseball do it? To do so, might be an embarrassment of monumental proportion. But, then again, who expects anything different from Mr. Selig?

Jim Joyce feels lousy about this. I would too. I've felt bad about calls I've blown in the 37 years I umpired, although, of course, nothing in one of my games ever reached anywhere near the level of what happened in Detroit last night. But, Joyce's family has already been the object of insults and abuse. If Major League Baseball reverses this call, made on the field, so far after the fact, they could be throwing their employee, Jim Joyce, and his family, so far under the bus, that they'll become a permanent part of the undercarriage. That could possibly open Joyce and his family up to more abuse and would quite possibly be a much larger mistake than Jim Joyce made on the field last night.

Of course, I might be wrong, and changing the call now could take a lot of heat off the Joyce family and baseball as well. If so, then I would be more inclined for it to be done.

Stay tuned. This story might not be over for awhile.

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