Detroit's Armando Galarraga illustrated that pitchers don't throw perfect games but that perfect games are played. Everyone, not just the pitcher, has to be unblemished. Unfortunately, umpire Jim Joyce made one mistake and history was snuffed out.
Click here to see the play that cost Galarraga black ink in the record book.
Joyce took responsibility for the gaffe.
"I just cost the kid a perfect game," said Joyce , who personally apologized to the pitcher. "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw until I sawthe replay. It was the biggest call of my career."
The blown call is going to increase the pressure on baseball to use more instant replay and this may be the tipping point on that technology.
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USA TODAY columnist Christine Brennan makes her call on that.
That is, for the future and it is going to take a lot of discussion and plenty of votes behind closed doors.
But in the interim, should the commissioner step in and change the laws of baseball this one time by awarding Galarraga a perfect game? ...