Armando Galarraga Game: It Was One Bad Call, Baseball Fans...Get Over It
Jim Joyce blew the final out of what should have been a perfect game for Armando Galarraga and the Detroit Tigers.
The man made a bad call in an important spot. It's unfortunate, but it did not cost any team a game nor will it have any lasting effect on the baseball season.
Let's face it, no false champion was crowned because of it nor will it bestow an honor to the wrong man.
It was unfortunate, but demanding instant replay for every single play in baseball is not the answer.
Where does it end?
Who is to say what is actually significant enough to demand replay?
I'm sure any hitter who has struck out on a bad strike call or any pitcher who felt a pitch was a strike will explain why that one call cost their team a game.
Does it mean that one pitch should be checked on replay?
What if there was the possilibity of a perfect game and ball four were called on a full count?
Does that justify using instant replay for each pitch?
Had Joyce made this call in the first inning, would anyone care?
Are we damning one bad call for 26 previous good calls?
If you are going to start over-analyzing every play in baseball, then you might as well get it over with and use robots as umpires.
This is not an old school versus new school baseball argument, but rather the questioning of what all baseball fans act as though they have the answer to.
Baseball is not a sport in which one play may have cost a team six points, but rather one in which a minuscule portion of a play may have cost a team one run, which may have cost a game, which may have cost a playoff spot and so on and so forth.
Except on a home run, there is no way of knowing whether one single play would significantly cost a team runs.
There is no way to delegate what play is important enough to review in baseball, so how do we explain the need to do so?
Should we give managers challenge flags?
I do not have the answers nor should you act as if you do solely because an umpire got the 27th out of a regular season game in June incorrect.
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