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Bud: I'm "extremely comfortable" with not overturning the Galarraga call

Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

With the top job comes the tough decisions and last week Bud Selig had one of the tougher ones: whether or not to overturn the blown call by Jim Joyce and give Armando Galarraga his perfect game. We all know that he declined to do so. Yesterday he explained his reasoning:

“In this job, precedence [sic] is very important. A lot of
people don’t really understand that. But it is important. And while you
can say, ‘This was really aberrational,’ there are a lot of situations
– I’ve had clubs call me and say, ‘What about that game I lost, why
didn’t you think about doing that?’ And they were serious . . . Of course you open Pandora’s Box [by changing a call]. You may think you haven’t, but you have.”

This was on all fours with my reasoning. An unpopular decision to be sure, but God knows that Bud isn’t in this racket to be popular. Baseball has made enough ad hoc decisions over time. I’m glad they didn’t make another one.

Now, about replay . . .

  1. YANKEES1996 - Jun 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    This is the type of injustice that happens when the sport you love has a jellyfish for a Commissioner!

  2. Creek - Jun 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    I can’t help but wonder if the call would have been overturned if the pitcher had been blond haired and blue eyed, or his name was Halladay, or he was an American.
    The kid pitched a perfect game. I can see it if the call had come in the 8th inning, but it would have ended the game. Tradition and precedence are cop outs. The Commissioner should do what’s human, humane, and the right thing. Give it to him.

  3. DK Anderson - Jun 8, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Fallacious slippery slope argument is fallacious…
    Selig blew this one. There’s no real worry about precedent. Any baseball fan understands that this is a very special situation. Despite this year’s bizarre avalanche of ‘em, perfect games are rare gems. Overturning the missed call would have been the right thing to do.
    Addendum: the captcha words I had to type to post htis are “decision airhead.” Coincidence or karma?

  4. Miss Stake - Jun 8, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    “Hello, Mr. Selig? This is human resources. Your name was deleted from our computers by mistake so you will not be receiving any more paychecks or benefits. Do you want to correct the mistake or just accept it as part of the game?”

  5. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    This was the ideal Bud Light crisis. In order to act, he had only to fail to act. For a drooling, dithering owner’s bagman, you couldn’t have dreamed up a more ideal opportunity to remain ineffectual.
    .
    Craig, I’m going to leave word for my grandson to go find a Gypsy medium as soon as Selig’s successor decides to institute instant replay, and have her relay the message to you. Then you’ll be free to go into the light at last, and let Bart Giamatti know about it.

  6. KH - Jun 8, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    I am the minority here ….but looks to me like the runner was safe, as the pitcher appeared to have bobbled the ball. Anyone else see this ???????

  7. walk - Jun 9, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    I said that no hitters were changed, so therefore if it was a no hitter now it isnt. Like you said most were short games that were not finished, rain outs and so on. However these are still games on the field that were changed at a later date by a higher power. It is in the same category as the pine tar incident. Is it the same situation? No. But what they are are precedents and i stated earlier the only thing that can be done is ignore them or nitpick them into meaninglessness and apply semantics to them. Remember whatever your position on the matter the crux of this incident is whether or not a precedent will be set or has already been set. We have actually had some amazing conversations in class on thsi issue. My professor is currently considering assigning this as a classroom trial. We are supposed to examine the legal issues and merits of this as a case for lost revenue for the pitcher, this is just a current events assignment, really for fun, please dont read too much into lost revenue part.

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