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Jim Joyce's bad call costs Armando Galarraga perfect game

Jun 2, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

It would have been 27 up, 27 down for Armando Galarraga, the unprecedented third perfect game of the 2010 season.
But Jim Joyce had something to say about that.
The first-base umpire made a bad call on a bang-bang play that should have ended the game against the Indians, denying Galarraga a place in history.
The hit came courtesy of Jason Donald on a slow roller to Miguel Cabrera at first base. Galarraga ran to cover, but had trouble finding the bag on the play. That he did find it anyway proved meaningless. Donald was called safe despite being a half step slow.
Galarraga then retired Trevor Crowe on a groundout to end the game with a 3-0 score.
It was the first career complete game for Galarraga, who entered 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA in his two starts this season. The Tigers considered sending him down over the weekend to make room for Max Scherzer in the rotation, but they designated Dontrelle Willis for assignment instead.

  1. jeminal - Jun 3, 2010 at 4:13 AM

    This should be reversed..
    Worse than some of the blown calls during the World Series Last Year
    … Its a shame this record lifetime achievement and players excitement will
    never be realized as the other two this year.. DAMN SHAME.

  2. Robert in DE - Jun 3, 2010 at 5:00 AM

    There should be instant replay in all sports… Baseball should have it now for all plays except for balls n strikes, plain and simple.
    The main reason the umpire missed the call is that he followed the ground ball into the first baseman’s glove and then followed the throw with his eyes instead of focusing on the bag and runner.. Watch the replay, at the last second he turns his head and by then the runner was already crossing the bag..!!! The umpire was never in the proper position.

  3. Paul C. Hassler - Jun 3, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    So I did not type your screwy letter at, the bottom of screen and I wont type what I had to say again. I think your system sucks as it took away what the f–k I typed, what a shitty deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  4. Heather - Jun 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    I do not understand all the hatred towards this man. He is an umpire that made a bad call. He is not Hitler, he did not cause World War III to begin, he did not cause the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he did not murder innocent children, he made a bad call and it is a baseball game!
    Why are people spending so much energy on a topic that is all about leisure ad entertainment? We have children that are losing their lives by gunpoint while walking to school over shoes, some kids have to take their own toliet paper in their backpacks, we have one of the most dangerous problems happening in our ocean right now, and we have people losing their homes. Kids are being kidnapped and sold into slavery and people are losing their jobs and what are people spenng their time doing…complaining about a human being that made a mistake. How many of you have made a mistake, especially during a split second decision? This man is being treated as a criminal! I hope an pray that the people wanting this human being to lose his job, will be treated better when they make a mistake.

  5. Dirk - Jun 3, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Why didn’t one of the other umps overrule him – who the heck was the Crew Chief? Watch the 2nd base ump in the replays, he had a clear view of the play. That’s the type of play where one of the other umpires has to step up and call a conference – then call it right.

  6. Coach Wilson - Jun 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    First, I want to give credit to Austin Jackson for making an amazing catch on a ball he had no business getting to. he doesn’t make that play, we aren’t talking about this missed call.
    Second, I am a HS baseball coach, former player, and I umpire LL baseball and men’s softball. Because of this, I can see all 3 sides here. As a coach, I would “protect” my player as well and argue this call, it was missed. As a player, Galarraga showed a ton of class and respect in his interview after the game…then probaly went home and cried. I would have. And lastly, Jim Joyce admits he blew the call and apologized. He goes into the clubhouse apologizes and in an interview admits he missed it. Give the man some credit, he is admitting a mistake, he is human. yes it’s a huge call but he admitted he got it wrong. Stop villianizing him and leave him alone. I learned a long time ago as an umpire: when you make 50 good calls no one will remember. It’s that one bad one in a game that everyone remembers. Get over it, the only way it will be changed is if Selig overturns it. That may not be a bad idea considering Joyce admits he got it wrong.
    I have a ton of respect here for Joyce and Gallaraga. They both handled it like men with a lot of class.

  7. Zoony - Jun 3, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    This is another major scar upon baseball. BUD SELIG MUST OVERTURN THIS TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY OF BASEBALL INTACT! I’m a Yankees fan and since the blown call last year to this MLB umpiring is disgraceful. This can not continue. Bud must invoke his “Best Interest of Baseball” power and award this kid the perfect game he deserves. Jim Joyce is human we all know but even he should not have to live with his human error. Something CAN and SHOULD be done to correct this! I’ve been a baseball fan all my life but I am seriously fed up with this garbage. I’m sick and tired of MLB having its OWN best interest in mind and NOT THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PLAYERS OR THE FANS! We make this game what it is BUD! NOT YOU! WITHOUT US YOUR JUST A DECREPIT BUMBLIMG MORON! OVERTURN THIS TODAY!

  8. Smart Man - Jun 4, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Dear Jim Joyce,
    You are a complete dickhead. Hope you committ suicide. Are you a retard, just kill yourself already. Lowest momment in baseball history. Killing yourself would make Bud Selig reverse the call, so just do it.

  9. Johnny - Jun 4, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    I don’t consider the call a bang-bang play. That’s a bit of an overstatement. Yes he made the wrong call but Joyce even admitted he was wrong and was in tears. And yes Armando pitched a perfect game. If you want to blame someone then blame the commissioner of baseball for not overruling the outing. Shame on those who wish Joyce death or cancer. I’ve been through cancer and no human being except for capital felons deserve such a fate. That is beyond sickening. I’m not a fan of either team…go Braves!

  10. Jack - Jun 4, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Sorry, if you watch the replay you’ll see the ball bobbling in the pitcher’s glove as the runner crosses first base. Then, immediately thereafter the pitcher comes up with this sh__ eating grin!!
    The runner was safe. The umpire was correct.

  11. - Jun 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Armando Galarraga got robbed of a perfect game and made James Joyce infamous. Check out the trivia behind controversial calls in sports at

  12. Bill - Jun 5, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Robbed, cheated, blah blah blah. Anyone who watches enough baseball knows erroneous calls like these are made frequently enough, but if the score was 11-3 Tigers at that point, it would not have merited a mention in the paper the next day. Yes it sucks, but there is no easy solution.
    So what if we had a NFL like system where you could challenge N calls per game with replay, but then what if all N challenges were used up at that point? Do you want any call to be contestable no matter what? Baseball moves along to quickly for you? Just some food for thought.

  13. Randy - Jun 8, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    You know, a funny thing happened to me on the way home from the Galaragga game. I went through a green light and a cop pulled me over for running a red light.
    I told him it was the car behind me that ran the red light, not me and the cop admitted he’d made a mistake.
    Moments later the guy behind me that ran the red light pulled over and told the cop he was the one that ran the red light.
    So me, the cop, and the guy behind me all agreed it was the guy behind me that ran the light.
    I got the ticket.

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