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“Imperfect game” pitcher Armando Galarraga signs minor-league deal with Orioles

Jan 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

Armando Galarraga hasn’t had much success since he and umpire Jim Joyce made headlines for his “imperfect game” on June 2, 2010 and the 30-year-old right-hander has had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Orioles.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Galarraga will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for a rotation spot after struggling with the Diamondbacks and at Triple-A last season.

Since his perfect game against the Indians was lost on the 27th batter when Joyce blew the call at first base Galarraga has started 29 games for the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a 5-12 record and 5.10 ERA.

  1. skipperxc - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Posting Wikipedia links today? Well played.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      And the best part: when the page is restored the links will still be there.

  2. antlerclaws - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I thought the Orioles only signed former Rangers.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      You forgot about former Cubs, silly (at least when former GM Andy MacPhail ran them).

  3. Detroit Michael - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I prefer “supra-perfect,” but then I have a pro-Tigers bias. 28 up, 28 down was better than a perfect game.

  4. randygnyc - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    It’s funny (not really) that after that game, gallaraga has fallen apart. I know he wasn’t all that good before Joyce’s disastrous call, but there’s no denying that it’s had a significant, long term effect on Andre’s psyche and performance.

    • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Why is there no denying it? What proof do you have that it affected him? This is the first I’ve ever heard of this.

    • El Bravo - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      He wasn’t that good before the blown call and is about as mediocre to below average now. What I don’t get is how the F he was that close to a perfecto in the first place…talk about the stars aligning for 26 outs only to right themsevles again in a very mean fashion on “out” 27…

  5. dcfan4life - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    The Orioles forgot to overpay for him. Thats Baltimore in a nutshell, overpay for washed up talent that never produce in Baltimore. In the Orioles defense they still have a beautiful stadium, even if its 3/4 empty…

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