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The Jim Joyce call: video and postgame reactions

Jun 3, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

In the event that there was any doubt the Jim Joyce call was major, major news, Matt and Meredith did a big segment on it on the “Today Show” this morning. Watch the whole thing to get both Armando Galarraga’s reaction after the game as well as Jim Joyce’s colorful, emotional comments about his mistake.

And hey, Matt Lauer agrees with me that Bud shouldn’t step in and reverse the call! Viva NBC solidarity!

  1. Palooka Joe - Jun 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Wow. Joe West, Bill Hohn, take note! That’s how you own up to a mistake. Sure, Joyce made a bad call, but I’m impressed with the way he handled himself after discovering his error. He can’t undo it, but he owned the thing like a pro (well, a pro with a very colorful vocabulary).

  2. thought dawson's creek was about knees - Jun 3, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Baseball should add a new scoring option, and thus a new column to the linescore: UE – Umpire Error.
    So for example, last night’s line for the Indians would show:
    0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 UE.
    (You get a UE if your team has benefited from a bad call.)
    (Sure, there are arguments in favor of applying the UE to the team that suffers because of the bad call. But as the inventor of the UE I override those arguments. No recourse.)
    Baseball gets a new stat, grievous errors of judgment are immortalized, bitter fans can consult baseball-reference every day for the rest of their lives to glare at the particular UE that fuels their eternal rage.
    What’s not to love?

  3. Grand Cards - Jun 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    That’s hilarious. I literally thought the exact same thing and just wrote a rather lengthy post talking about the options. Here’s what I came up with for Umpire Error:

    Rule 10.23 – Perfect Games
    (a) definition of perfect game
    A perfect game may also be granted by the Commissioner of Baseball, or a duly appointed review committee if, and only if, the following circumstances are in place.
    (b) A Pitcher has thrown a Perfect Game through 26 batters;
    (c) On a batted ball in play, the 27th batter is ruled safe by an umpire even though video review of the play after the fact shows conclusively that the player was ruled safe by error;
    (d) The subsequent 28th batter makes an out to end the game.
    In this, and only this situation, a Perfect Game will be granted to the pitcher through the following mechanisms:
    e) The official scorer will rule an error on the umpire for the 27th batter, denoted “E-U”;
    f) The pitcher will be credited with recording on Out on the 27th batter;
    g) The pitcher will be credited with a Perfect Game in which he recorded 28 outs
    Review of plays for Umpire Error can only be made after the game has been completed and cannot affect the Win-Loss outcome of the game.

    I think that there are ways to review and overturn this call, or implement a rule like this without fundamentally changing anything about the game or opening any sort of Pandora’s box.

  4. dawson's creek was about knees - Jun 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Splendid post at your site, Grant Cards. I cede the title of ‘the inventor of the UE’ to you.

    As a kid bad calls made me furious; my father added to the simmer with his calm ‘bad calls are part of the game’ (as I’m sure many other fathers have).

    Over the years I’ve come to embrace that viewpoint; blown calls add to the human drama, which becomes more interesting with age.

    However, if bad calls are going to be part of the game, they need a stat for pete’s sake.

  5. Steve C - Jun 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Not proud for knowing this, but Lauer also believes instant replay is a bad idea and will make games too long.
    P.S. reCaptcha is creepy. I could not read the first one, the second … “that stumped”. Well as a matter of fact I was.

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