Everyone saw what happened in Armando Galarraga's attempt at a perfect game, with umpire Jim Joyce admittedly blowing a call that cost Galarraga a chance at baseball immortality. I will say this, baseball needs more people like Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce, both men held themselves in a classy manner.
And it was a touching seen today when Galarraga delivered the lineup card to Joyce, who teared up.
Well, MLB issued a statement about what happened last night from Commissioner Bug Selig.
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Why is the important for Mariners fans? Because the idea of expanded instant replay has now moved to the forefront. And if expanded replay was available last night, not only would Galarraga have a perfect game, the Mariners don't win that game in the bottom of the 10th.
Anyway here it is.
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement regarding last night’s game in Detroit:
"First, on behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate Armando Galarraga on a remarkable pitching performance. All of us who love the game appreciate the historic nature of his effort last night.
"The dignity and class of the entire Detroit Tigers organization under such circumstances were truly admirable and embodied good sportsmanship of the highest order. Armando and Detroit manager Jim Leyland are to be commended for their handling of a very difficult situation. I also applaud the courage of umpire Jim Joyce to address this unfortunate situation honestly and directly. Jim's candor illustrates why he has earned the respect of on-field personnel throughout his accomplished career in the Major Leagues since 1989.
"As Jim Joyce said in his postgame comments, there is no dispute that last night's game should have ended differently. While the human element has always been an integral part of baseball, it is vital that mistakes on the field be addressed. Given last night's call and other recent events, I will examine our umpiring system, the expanded use of instant replay and all other related features. Before I announce any decisions, I will consult with all appropriate parties, including our two unions and the Special Committee for On-Field Matters, which consists of field managers, general managers, club owners and presidents.”