Posts Tagged ‘Jim Joyce’

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Time For Replay In Baseball?

June 3, 2010

As I sit here staring at my Opening Day Poster of Target Field at work, last night’s Twins game comes to my head. Although it was a nice way for Griffey to end his career with a walk-off win, it would have been even nicer for the Twins to rain on Seattle’s parade (ironic it would rain in Seattle). In the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs, Ichiro Suzuki stepped to the plate and hit a soft grounder to the 2nd basemen Matt Tolbert who flipped it to Hardy at short for the sure force out which would have sent the game to the 11th inning. However, the runner was called safe and the winning run crossed the plate. Gardenhire (manager of the Twins) later said he would wait to see the replay but was certain the runner was out. This wasn’t the worst call of the night. Over in Detroit a disheartening (but laughable because it’s Detroit) event occurred. Andres Galarraga was 1 out away from pitching the 3rd perfect game this year, and the 21st in Major League Baseball history. Austin Jackson had already made a spectacular catch to keep the perfect game going and it seemed as if this was in the bag. The number 9 hitter, the 27th out, Jason Donald stepped int he box and hit a sharp ground ball towards Miguel Cabrera at 1st base. Cabrera fielded it cleanly and fired to Galarraga for the final out. Cabrera let out a loud cheer as he had thought he had helped his pitcher complete the gem. However first base umpire Jim Joyce thought differently. He called Donald safe on a play in which he was out by a full foot and a half. The replay clearly showed Donald was out. Alas there is no replay review in the MLB, therefore the play cannot be reviewed. Galarraga will always have this one hitter, but can never say he pitched a perfect game. Other instances such as Joe Mauer’s “foul ball” vs. the New York Yankees in the playoffs last year come to mind. The ball landed a good 6 inches in fair territory and could have potentially swung the momentum in that particular game. Again…no replay. It’s time to accept the inevitable, the MLB needs to adopt a replay rule. It doesn’t have to be for balls, strikes, or every out. It just has to be to get the big calls right. A rule system should be set in place to for managers to challenge at least 1 call, and foul balls should always be correct. Tennis uses the system, football, basketball, hockey, etc. It’s your call Bud, figure it out. Something as rare as a perfect game was robbed by one umpire…and on behalf of Mr. Galarraga, please implement the system

Jamieson Russek