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Jim Joyce named MLB's best umpire by players

Jun 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

ESPN The Magazine ran a poll recently asking 100 unnamed MLB players to rank the best and worst umpires in the game. 

Jim Joyce, who blew Tigers starter Armando Galarraga’s bid for a perfect game two weeks ago, was given top billing in the poll and it wasn’t even close.  Tim McClelland came in second and Jim Wolf was ranked third.  CB Bucknor, Joe West and Angel Hernandez were ranked among the worst.

Joyce drew praise for owning up to his mistake and clearly showing remorse when he denied Galarraga history in June.  Many players and fellow umpires came forward in defense of the man, and now it’s pretty clear to see that he is widely respected.

  1. MerkleBoner - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    They also voted like 60% against instant replay to 20% for instant replay

  2. Baseball Jeremiad - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    The real story is not that Joyce received such high support, nor that the regular suspects were ranked so lowly (West, Bucknor, etc.)
    No, the real story is that the players find themselves heavily against instant replay.
    That’s the real story here. Read more about this at “>> the Baseball Jermiad .

  3. Mark - Jun 13, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    This is nice to see for his sake, even if there is probably a little over-compensating going on on the players’ parts. But clearly he was well-thought of when that happened. As someone who umpired Little League when I was back in high school, I can vouch that it is extremely hard to get every call, game in and game out. It’s not humanly possible, in fact.
    Joyce’s actions following the blown call brought honor to the game and to his profession. End of story.

  4. baseball sucks - Jun 13, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Now I know why baseball sucks even more. Even the players don’t want the calls to be right, what a bunch of idiots.

  5. josh23 - Jun 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Instant replay would only increase the time players have to stay on the field. No one would be any change to their job that would increase the time they have to work especially whan there is no increase in pay for it.

  6. BaseballJeremiad - Jun 13, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Or perhaps they realize that replay would be markedly less effective in baseball because of the numerous variables included in each play: feet of runner, feet of field, ball, glove, ball rattling in glove, etc.

  7. josh23 - Jun 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    What? If you cant make a call with instant replay you only have a 50 percent chance of getting it right live. As far as it being a problem making a call with instant replay all other sports that use it require there to be no doubts as to outcome of play, if there is any doubt the play cannot be overturned and the call on field stands. I agree with there being factors that make it hard but it is the same in most sports, boundy lines, goal planes, bobbled balls, etc. Ti be clear on subject im all for expanded replay but limited to keep time of games down. Reviewable plays just as an example for me would be first hits of game and all scoring plays and never the strike zone or check swings.

  8. mexito - Jun 14, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    okay, take away the Gallarga mistake, then ask who is the best umpire….come on…..because he apologized?…..he had no choice!
    Lot of good umps out there…..lot of bad ones too…..

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