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June 3rd, 2010
08:24 AM ET

Robbed of a Perfect Game

A Detroit Tigers pitcher was denied a shot at baseball history, all because of an umpire’s bad call.
Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game when a batter tried to run out a ball hit to the right side of the infield. He had already retired 26 batters.
Galarraga actually ran to cover first base, and it seemed like the ball beat the hitter, marking the 21st perfect game in baseball history.
Instead, the umpire called the runner safe, and history was denied.
Upon further review, the replays showed the batter was actually out.
The umpire saw the replays after the game and personally apologized to Galarraga, saying the call was the biggest of his life.
Only an unprecedented review by baseball’s commissioner could possibly change the result of the game, and award Galarraga the perfect game.
What do you think?
Should the commissioner overturn that bad call, and give the pitcher his perfect game?
Or, are the rules the rules?
Let us know what you think and we’ll read some of your thoughts on air.

Filed under: Brooke Baldwin • Kyra Phillips
soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Lherman

    The ump after reviewing the play, accepted that he was wrong.. There is no doubt. The commissioner can make the call.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  2. Chris Bradley

    I think you should leave the umpire alone. He is human, he made a mistake, move on. That guy you had on there talking about evolution is an idiot!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  3. Peter

    Not sure about the way this call should have gone, but I KNOW that you all are abusing what you think is advanced technology on camera (what's the point in circling the bag with your finger? We can see it), and as a result, you're turning a lot of people away to Fox.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  4. dave bethea

    Are we sure it was a bad call? It appears to me that the ball was slightly juggles and not in the control in the glove when the runner touched the plate. Look at the play again and see if the ball isn;t secure.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:34 am |

    Tapes should be reviewed and give the pitcher his just due. The runner was obviously out. Fair is fair. He deserves a perfect game!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  6. Katherine Brown

    Now, maybe baseball will join the rest of the sports world and correct those mistakes with instant replay!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  7. terry

    overturn the bad call, and fire the umpire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  8. Allison

    Baseball, like all sports, is a human game, and it will be full of human error. The ump called it like he saw it. That's his job. You don't change your call because of external circumstances.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  9. Dave Cleinman

    The pitcher should get the game he threw. If this is about "rules" clearly the rule here is that the runner was out. Case closed. Perfect game stands.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  10. G Miller

    Institute the instant replay rule allowing bad calls to be corrected.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  11. me in California

    Give the guy his perfect game. He earned it.


    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  12. Phil

    This call should be reversed by Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball. We are talking about the rarest of gems in baseball and it would be a shame if the pitcher loses his perfect game on what was obviously a poor call.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  13. hannah

    It's obvious it was a bad call and I think
    Galarraga deserves his perfect game. Him and his team worked hard for it and a call as unfair is that one shouldn't strip them from that.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  14. Peggy

    It showed the pitcher was clearly cheated out of a perfect game.....There is NO way the ump should have made that call and it should be looked into and reversed....Give him his perfect game!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  15. Matt

    The Tigers won the game fair and square, give the pitcher his due and correct baseball history.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  16. Deborah Stoltman

    Give him his perfect game, he earned it.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  17. Porter Speakman Jr

    The ump made a bad call, it's clear. But he did what he thought was right and even more so apologized to the pitcher as soon as he knew he made a mistake. That is class. The umps should be protected with instant replay on such close calls. Not every play, but in the 9th inning certain plays can be reviewed upstairs by officials – like in the NFL. When in real time, it looked very close. We have the benefit of slow motion replay and freezing the play.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  18. P. L. Woodbury

    I think the commissioner should overturn the bad call and give the pitcher his perfect game. I mean it's on tape dude!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  19. ed weber


    After watching the replay many times I just noticed that the first baseman did not have control of the ball until the runner was past the bag. Look at the tape again and watch the ball sliding around within the glove.


    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    I think the commisioner should change the call, it doesn't change the outcome of the game, just the pitcher's stats

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  21. jose,mia,fl

    He deserves the perfect game. The umpire is human, he can make a mistake. It is time to change a 100 year old rule.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  22. ken yancey

    Instant replay must be implemented in baseball. It will not in any way hurt the integrity of the game, but in fact maintain it. Not doing so implies humans are perfect in judgement and perception and we all know that completely false. Except maybe the baseball comish.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  23. marsha kinder

    I just watched your guest talk for a very long time about how this umpire was sooo ethical to call it the way he saw it. It would be much more ehtical of him and baseball if they would find the courage to admit and correct a mistake. His call was wrong and someone paid a very high price . Why not make it right?

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  24. MAC

    Right the wrong! Galarraga has a perfect game. We teach our children to be honest and integrity is the key factor in Joyce's human error. Kudos to him for admitting and apologizing for his error. Yes, Bud needs to give the man his perfect game. It is time for Instant Replay to become part of the game in terms of intergity and fairness.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  25. Andrew

    If Bud Selig doesn't step up and do the right thing, when HIS umpire failed to do his job correctly and make the right call, then I think Selig's time as comissioner should be over. His tenure has been filled with controversy, and he has a chance to right a wrong and put some ice on a potential black-eye on the game.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  26. Jeff Allen

    A perfect example of when instant replay should be used in ALL games. The object of competition on the field is to determine which is the best team, not who got the lucky call.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  27. Mike

    MLB should over-turn the call, award the perfect game, and fine the umpire. This was not just a bad call, it was a bad call that cost the game of baseball a historical moment. Give Galarraga the perfect game; he deserves it!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  28. Mike Baird

    They should Give the pitcher the Perfect game however Selig wont overturn the decision because he is a Putz

    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  29. Todd

    It is a shame that the ump blew the call, but if I start reciting all the times when a bad call cost my team a win (which this call did not) then I would easily use up all the available room on the internet (ok, maybe not but you get my drift). That's one of the things that live sports has always dealt with – human error when making live calls. LIVE WITH IT like all before you have!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  30. alexbee

    From the angle that was shown on CNN this morning it was impossible to tell if the pitcher actually had the ball in his glove and under his control before the runner tagged the base.

    That might be the reason for the umpires call, since he was at a much better angle on the play.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  31. Eben V.

    Why is it that In the NFL officials use instant replay on calls that are questionable, but they cannot in MLB? It is ridiculous that this young man was cheated out of his perfect game, the umpire admitted wrong doing and he does not get his moment!.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  32. Ric Groenendal

    By the replay I think the umpire thought he may have bobbled the catch as you can tell he snow-coned the ball as it hit the glove. Bang bang play but he caught it. Give the kid his due. Commissioner should overturn the call.


    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  33. Jonathan Don Peddicord

    Its a sad thing... Perfect games are so rare the you have a Better chance at winning the Lotto, Yes the Rules are the Rules but when a Rule is called incorrectly it should be corrected. David Stern should overturn the call and Give the Pitcher the perfect game that He and the Team worked so Hard for. It does not effect the overall outcome of the Game, Detroit had already won the Game. So since the Call doesn't effect the outcome GIVE IT TO HIM... He earned it...

    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  34. Carol Husted

    Admittedly, the umpire made an honest mistake, but this should not rob Galarraga of his perfect game! He deserves it. He DID pitch the perfect game, and I think that the decision should be overturned by the commissioner. No matter what, it will always be perfect in my mind! Congratulations Galarraga. We should also mention that AMAZING catch that Jackson made at the beginning of that inning to help the cause! The whole team played great and deserves this honor and a place in history! Thank you.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  35. Nick

    It's a shame if this perfect game doesn't count, all the more reason to expand replay rules in baseball.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  36. Roy Henderson

    The umpires should be reversed, as even the umpire admits he made the wrong call.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  37. FredLee

    I honestly think that the commissioner should step in and overturn this decision. Pitching a perfect game is a dream for these MLB pitchers and I do not believe that Galarraga should be stripped of this dream because of a bad call.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  38. Claudia Munson

    Why do we have the video playback, if we do not use them for the intended purpose. Give the pitcher his game.Fair is fair. The other player was OUT!!

    Claudia M.
    Peterborough, Ont.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  39. troy

    In fairness to the ump the picture everyone see`s is misleading it looks like it was a easy call but that picture the foot is not down the white of the bag makes it look like its down a picture from the reverse shows it was alot closer, but the runner was out. Hey sports lore and legends mant times come down to could`ve, would`ve, should`ve, you can not overturn a call after the game, the officials could have have signaled for a conference and huddled up to discuss it, then if it would have been changed that would of been OK.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  40. Alex

    Bud Selig should overturn the call and have a meeting with his umpires because this is the 3rd time this week a umpire has messed up a game or else instant replay needs to be expanded further

    June 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  41. Cindy

    The commissioner should overturn the bad call. Why should that young pitcher be denied a place in history because some idiot screwed up?? The play wasn't even close. I'm no ump, but I could have made a better call. I'm from Milwaukee and Bug Selig will be getting an email from me as well, asking him to do the right thing.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  42. Kristin Motschall

    Being at the game last night, the progression of each inning was amazing as we realized how close Galarraga was getting to the perfect game–the first time in Tigers history. Finishing the the ninth with the final out, everyone was laughing, standing, cheering, crying as Galarraga caught his own final out on first base. It took about 10 seconds for us all to realize the call that had been made, and the stadium was in outrage. After all the hype at the game, afterwards, and the apologies from Jim Joyce, the MLB should step in and give Galarraga what he deserves... Although anyone who was there will agree that it WAS the perfect game, despite what the books say.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  43. Dan Foster

    Absolutely, Bud Selig has an obligation to reverse the call and give Armando Galarraga the perfect game he rightfully earned. Ironically, he even finished the play that preserved his perfect game. And he was so gracious to accept the call without whining about it. He knew he made the play and did not get angry. That is a class act and Armando should be rewarded with a just decision.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  44. Allen Konis

    Bud Selig should reverse the call. Galaraga shouldn't be denied his spot in history due to a bad umpire's call. I'm sure its what the umpire would want as well. Jim Joyce has had a brilliant career and it shouldn't be blemished by this.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  45. Joan

    In view of the fact that the call is absolutely wrong and the importance of this pitcher getting listed in baseball history, that call should be reversed or at least give the "out " to that team/pitcher. We used instant replay in football, in this very important call we should use that replay as the final call and PLAY FAIR.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  46. Rick Moore

    The call in the game was oviously wrong. I feel that the commissioner should review the play and overturn the safe call. I don't feel that it would affect the integrity of baseball at all and I feel it's just the right thing to do.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  47. dwight macrae

    The commissoner should overturn the call.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  48. Chad Dalton

    It is very clear that his foot was on the plate, the ump should reverse his call. If he has any morality, he would reverse the call. To pitch a perfect game is a huge accomplishment, and its ridiculous that one person can take it all away. I really do hate it for Galarraga, i can only imagine how disappointed he is right now. I truly believe the umpire called the batter safe because he didnt want Galarraga to have the title of pitching a perfect game.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  49. John Medvit

    If there is one sure proof that replays be in baseball this is # 1. I hope MLB will reverse the call and give him the perfect game without any * signs. 3rd time in 1 year is un-heard of. 2 is un-heard of. What a year! Only 20 out of approximately 259,000 games ever played. The Detroit pitcher, and all his team members, should celebrate the event. Please do the right thing an over turn the call. Even the umpire had "guts" to admit his fault. It was a PERFECT game in everyone's eyes.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  50. Barbara M.

    The Commissioner should do the right thing and reverse this call.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  51. James

    I'm a Detroit Tigers fan that watched the game last night and it was tough to see Galarraga be on the wrong end of the biggest call of his life. Bud Segig should take a look over the call that was made and if the call can be overturned it will be a little compensation to Galarraga, even though his Perfect Game will always be tainted by that call.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    First this is not about a blown call, this is about history.

    1. A regulation game is 27 outs, this one was 28
    2. A perfect game is automatically part of the HOF, we saw it happen
    you cant ignore that.
    3. The Yankees vs Royals pine tar game was over turned and picked
    up the next day, and the Yankees lost the game they had been
    declaired the winner already..
    4. Instant replay for everyone but the one that counts, well, its just
    dumb. Put a retired Empire next to the official scorer. If they agree to review,review.

    After all, this is not rocket science.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  53. Sarah

    I'm a big fan of history and tradition, but I am also a former collegiate All-American. Galarraga and his team earned every inch of that perfect game. The umpire showed class and dignity in personally apologizing, but he could help rectify his mistake by writing baseball's commissioner a letter in support of overturning his own call. If this was football or another sport where instant replay was in use this conversation would never happen.

    In the end the perfect game is about athletic achievement – by both the pitcher and his team – one wrong (admitted) call should not ruin such an impressive achievement.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  54. Linda

    We all know Galarraga pitched a perfect game. It's unfortunate that the record books won't show that.
    The umpires call will go down as one of the worst calls ever in baseball

    The commissioner shouldn't NOT overturn the umpires decision. To me this would lead to the commissioner reviewing balls and strikes

    Way to Go Galarraga!! You really showed alot of class

    June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  55. Barb Reeves

    We live in the small town of Williamsport, PA where baseball is everything...Little League, that is. My son pitches for his LL team and often times the umpires make bad calls and cause a possible victory to end in defeat. This is very damaging to the kids. So I can only imagine what it feels like in MLB.

    Since there is footage that shows the bad call and the umpire has admitted it, the commissioner should reverse the call and award Galarraga his place in baseball history.

    Barb Reeves

    June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  56. phil ehrnstein

    !. Rules are rules.
    2. If this principle war applied to corporate CEO's and government regulators we might not be facing the gulf oil spill.
    3. Baseball should adopt an instant replay capability to reduce the role of human error in the outcome of a game.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  57. Dan

    Hey, the rules are the rules, after watching the film several times it doesn't look like the pitcher foot has been placed on the bag, it looks like it maybe up about 2 inches, which looks like it could be a tie and all ties go to the runner.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  58. Tina Cinquemano

    Having recently visited Copperstown and watching that bad call . I think they should give him the game. So he can get his place on the perfect game wall . He deserves it !!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  59. troy

    You can`t overturn a call after a game it sets a precedent, it opens the door to alot of other claims, where does it stop.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  60. jeannie senediak

    Since when is the truth irrelevant?

    June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  61. Wole King

    I strongly believe that this is one case where Commissioner Bud Selig should make an exception and overturn this decision. The young man clearly pitched a perfect game. Any other decision other than a perfect game in the books for this kid would attract insinuations of conspiracy theories... Even the umpire adimitted that it was a perfect game, so unless MLB wants to be accused of playing politics, this decision should be rescinded and the perfect game should be recognized

    June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  62. Dave

    Selig needs to overturn this. What a shame...If I was Galarraga I would have thrown the ball at the umpire's face!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  63. Mark Sisley

    In your segment, the replay was paused at a point before the ball was in the glove – making your replay inconclusive.

    Even if we are to all agree that it was a bad call, the game is already in the books. While it is a disappointment to the pitcher as well as the fans, the umpire made the call and the game went on. Reversing a decision now would be wrong.

    Everything does not need to be SENSATIONAL. People should understand that not everything is perfect – nor should it be. ENOUGH with the Hollywood endings! Sometimes people simply make mistakes and people suffer.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  64. Phyllis Winnick

    The decision should be reversed. The pitcher should not be robbed of his rightful place in baseball history because of the umpire's mistake.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  65. Trudy Jock

    I have been trying to find a way to contact Zelig, because I strongly feel Team Managers should be able to get at least one Video review per game. I went to the Marlin Game on my 50th Birthday, I knew the Home Umpire gave the perfect game to Halladay. If you look at the Fox Trac for Chris Coghlan twice and Once to Hanley Ramirez you will see they should have got a walk. Especially one of the times he pitched to Hanley he was called out on strikes when none of the pitches were in the strike zone!!!!! Then there is the game in Chicago where Dan Uggla hit a ball and it bit his foot and rolled to third base he was called out on strikes. I have seen the wrong call too many times and getting disgusted with a game being decided by the Umpires instead of by the plays themselves. It has turned into the most dihonest game on earth.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  66. Jan Sharpe

    This decision should be reversed. You are talking of a Career here. This is where someone works for this goal and a decision is made by a umpire that is noted to make bad decisions in the past hinders him from getting what is due him. The umpire has admitted his mistake this does nothing if this decision isn't reversed. Morally and Ethically this definately should be reversed. Give the player his due he has worked for it and has achieved it. Proven fact that he did obtain it.
    If it isn't reversed it will be another black mark against the game of baseball.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  67. Virg

    They should definitely reverse this call for the obvious reason. And by doing so they should look into adding instant replay to the game. I suggest giving each Manager 1 instant reply per game & perhaps 2 for play-off, and still keep the games at a reasonable pace.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  68. Butch Jordan

    To strictly follow policy that was established in the 1800's is foolish. We need to correct this call and give the kid the impossible...a perfect game. Commissioner Selig something will you?

    My father was a major league umpire and I can promise you that he would certainly want to "GET IT RIGHT!!" If tradition trumps what is right then the game is doomed.

    I feel badly for the umpire ...(Jim hang in there your a really good ump.) and even worse for Andre Galarraga. Mistakes happen, they are as much apart of the game as the game itself. We now have the opportunity to make it right. What are you wating for Bud. The Umpire and everyone who watched the game knows it should be done..

    June 3, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  69. John Gossman

    The call should be reversed. It will not change the outcome of the game but if not reversed could change fans respect of the game. Not to mention their respect of the officiating.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  70. Allen Bachelder

    There is no question that Galarraga pitched a perfect game. The re-play video shows he made the out. The umpire admits the mistake. History should record what actually happened – not an umpire's mistake.

    Allen Bachelder

    June 3, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  71. Michael Barnes

    Having played sports during my youth, there were many bad calls made in many games. There isn't an instant replay rule in Magor League baseball which would create extended games. While I feel extemelly sympathetic for Gallerga and wish him well, because he is an outstaning pitcher, call stands. Go Indians!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  72. carmine cosentino

    the umpire was perfectly right in his call. the ball was not fully possessed when the runners foot hit the bag. in base ball ties go to the runner. the first base man is at fault for not making a non juggling act.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  73. Angela Billings-Chiarullo

    Our son is 12 and has played Little League since t-ball. I've been a "team Mom" and even a co-coach. One item I have always instilled in our son and other players is to at all times respect the call of the Umpire, no matter what. In looking at this debaucle if it were not for the slow-mo replay I'd have thought the player safe as well. That's what the Joyce thought he saw in real time, most importantly, from HIS perspective. It is very easy to watch it over and over and criticize him, but that sends the wrong message as does the Commissioner overturning the call. Umpires, coaches, and players must use the tools presently in place and we should not speculate or lay blame. While I agree Galarraga was "robbed" unfortunately bad calls happen. An umpire is not the enemy. They are human beings who do not make intentional mistakes. We wouldn't be talking about this had baseball in general previously adopted a replay system. What wasn't lost on our son as he watched your show and this story was that both the umpire and pitcher were sincerely gracious about their comments over the situation. Way to set a good example to children and adults alike.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  74. Larry Thaxton

    The exception proves the rule. The pitcher deserves his perfect game. He may never get a chance again to perform this. Don't rob him and baseball of this achievement.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  75. Dan

    How many times have we seen on ESPN's top plays a runner called out, on much closer plays (or even plays when they are safe), because the play made by the fielder was absolutely insane. To numerous to count. You would've thought that on a play THAT close, with that much on the line, Joyce might have given Galarraga the benefit of the doubt. *Sigh*

    June 3, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  76. Brian

    To all those writers that question whether he was out or not, the umpire admitted he blew the call. Gallaraga did not bobble the ball and his foot was firmly on the base. Quit trying to revise history. The call should be reversed.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  77. ernesto faneite

    i think the most important thing here is give him the perfect game, because just for the mistake of one person is unfair to take off a perfect game from somebody that has work so hard and for so long just for noting specially when everybody knows that it was clearly a mistake .now we have tecnology to handle that kind the situation i feel sorry for armando and for the umpire too , is something that can be fix , hopefully the commissioner will make a right decision and change the result of the game.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  78. bill

    When technology exists that can determine with 100% accuracy which direction the call should be made, then by all means use it.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  79. Pat

    Since it is obvious that he DID pitch a perfect game that should be recognized. It is a fact. Joyce should question for himself if he should call another game.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  80. Chim Bon

    Absolutely yes, commissioner should do justice and award what it really was, a perfect game.
    There is no way of denying it, even the umpire recognizes it.
    Although rules of the game state that whatever was called during the game, stays that way, there has to be an exception.
    A perfect game is not an ordinary event. Commissioner HAS to act.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  81. Dana Cervone

    Call should be reversed. Agree with adding instant replay to the game of baseball.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  82. dennis1313

    This is just another example of how baseball refuses to advance with technology. Virtually every other sport has adapted to improve officials calls (e.g., get them right) and improve the game. Just look at the ancient way balls and strikes are called. I stopped watching baseball several years ago since they insist on living in the 1890's. It is well beyond the time for baseball to join the rest of the world in the year 2010 and utilize the tools now available to make the game realistic.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  83. Les

    After looking at the play a few times, I think that umpire made the right call but for the wrong reason. He said he thought the runner beat the ball, which was clearly not the case. But Galarraga did not make a clean catch of the ball. It was obviously bouncing around inside his grove and he did not get control until after Donald reached the base. This may sound a little cold, but the team behind has the right to come back.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  84. mea0014

    let the pitcher have his perfect game!

    June 3, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  85. Dan Creighton

    I watched the footage this morning and am not convinced the call was bad. The camera was stopped at a key point showing the ball APPEARING to be in Galagarra's glove and his foot on the bag. When the clip was continued, his glove moved in a catching completion movement after the runner touched base. The perspective from a camera in left field does not allow you to judge the timing of this throw and catch. The first base umpire was in the perfect position to see the ball timing. Why didn't CNN show the play from the right field perspective? I would be convinced then. CNN shame on you!

    June 3, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  86. troy

    Officiating is human, Bad calls have been resposible for more wins then they do loses. Careful what you ask for when it comes to replay.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  87. Manuel Gonzalez

    I must simply say that i feel bad for the umpire as well as the pitcher. We all as humans can see that making mistakes is all part of everyday life. We all know that the umpire regrets making the decision, and we all can see that Armando Galarraga doesn't seem to have any bad feelings for the umpire, so as he did we must just step back and smile at the situation. We all know that he pitched that perfect game and he will still be recognized as one of the better pitchers this season. Whether the commissioner decides to overturn the "bad call," or if he decides that rules are rules, i believe that what is decided is what was suppose to happen and we should just move on and enjoy the rest of the baseball season.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  88. Mel

    Whats with these major league umps? I have seen better umps in the bush leagues. They are blind to balls and stikes and then this.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  89. Bill

    He should make the call. The game was over the moment Gallaraga's foot hit the bag.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  90. Alex

    If everyone, including the umpire, knows that it was a wrong call, then the commissioner should overturn the call. if this then represents a precedent for all bad calls then so be it.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  91. Laura Eads

    I was at the game. That young man held his head high , no angruing , went back to the mound and got his 4th out of the inning The umpire even said he made a mistake. I feel the wrong needs to be made right.The commissioner has the power to give that young man what he deserves, his name to be put in the record books for the perfect game that HE pitched

    June 3, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  92. Dean Vollette

    Unfortunately that is what makes baseball the game it is. Human error will always be part of it. On every play everybody will see something different. The breaks of the game. Too bad it had to happen during a perfect game. Can you say 'Milt Pappas'.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  93. James in lawrenceville

    There's no crying in baseball

    June 3, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  94. Lou

    The call in the game was oviously wrong. I feel that the commissioner should review the play and overturn the safe call. I don't feel that it would affect the integrity of baseball at all and I feel it's just the right thing to do.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  95. Lee

    These are the things that drive fans crazy no matter what team one cheers for. The fairness of the game is just as important as the way the game is played. One can't be wrong by doing the right thing; do the right thing .... give the man his perfect game.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  96. John Linville

    This is the best argument yet as to whether they should go to instant replay decisions. It's time to change.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  97. Robyn Knights

    let the player have his rightful perfect game. All other sports use video replay, Ice Hockey being one of them. Swimming at the Olympic Games could not be done by humans like the split second wins.
    Tell baseball – for once do something right, in light of all the other steroid scandals.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  98. shay

    Terrorism found its way into Americas pastime now. What's next? Taliban baseball?

    June 3, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  99. jason keefe

    It was too close to call it perfect, so he gets what he gets almost perfect

    June 3, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  100. larry

    in any other sport the call would be reversed.the ump made an error and admitted that he made the wrong call.give the pitcher his perfect game.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  101. Hazel

    He should be given his perfect game. The Umps reviews for home runs and change decisions on the replays.. He pitched a great game and he deserves it..

    June 3, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  102. laura

    We have a horrible oil spill in the gulf and a two time murderer by the name of joran on the loose. A perfect game is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  103. Marilyn Lessin

    The commissioner of baseball should step in and correct this error....give this young pitcher his Perfect Game. He earned it!!

    June 3, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  104. Raymond Rokicki

    Controversy is part of baseball. What would fans discuss if the camera corrected everything? Was it fair or foul, touch by a fan or not? The questions of right or wrong make baseball and the discussions that come from it part of the fun. What would baseball fans talk about if all calls were right all the time.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  105. Pebbles

    The call should be over ruled! They use video all the time to check or errors. Every heard of "Instant Replay"? Any sports fan would tell you that!

    June 3, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  106. David

    It was not at all clear that the first basemen had his foot on the bag and ball in his glove...your video is inconclusive.. You should reflect this in your reporting... His foot was above the bag in your freeze frame.. The ball just settling in the pocket of the glove.. Show the frames just after the ones you illustrated...there lies the way or the other.. Remember, the ump only has his eyes...

    June 3, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  107. Dean

    I watched the call on TV last night .
    Only Bud Sellig can make this right as the commissioner
    The real question is Does Mr. Sellig have the guts to do this?
    If not than baseball and the integrity of the game will suffer.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  108. Mike Mitroka

    I feel for the Detroit Pitcher. But the Umps are human. What would Detroit have complained about when there was no instant replay for sports. No one would have been able to see a replay and therefore no one would have been able to complain about a bad call.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  109. Kevmoney

    YES YES YES this MUST be overturned. It is the most extreme case to do so, because not only was it so obviously wrong, but it was also on the 27th and final out, so it does NOT affect any part of the game. It in theory, ends the game there where it should have ended. And it saves the extreme disappointment being felt by both Armando Galaragga and umpire Jim Joyce, and will replace it with pure happiness.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  110. hank

    i feel bad for jim joyce because no one wants to miss that call, but its just another example of why baseball is losing interest. cheaters are rewarded with homerun records and the honest players cant prevail.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  111. Peggy Port

    Calls are reversed all the time in sports, but this call has enormous consequences. Only twenty people have pitched a perfect game. Galarraga did pitch a perfect game, give him his place in history.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  112. Pauline

    I was at the game and sat close ,right behind home plate. The umpire definitely called a bad call, the runner was absolutely OUT at first base. Mr. Commissioner, do the right thing and give a young man the game. What a good up bringing that young man must have had, that he went back to the mound and pitched another out, without an arguement with the umpire.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  113. Kevin McInerney

    There are four umpires for a reason, they should function as a unit, not individuals. Ask another ump his opinion, and what they saw. Get the call right.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  114. Don Raiff

    Best thing is the pitcher's comments afterwards. He seems to understand that life is about overcoming obstacles and hurdles; not complaining about what should/could have been!

    You are focusing on the wrong part of this play.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  115. alohaallen

    Since baseball now allows video review of homeruns, the Commissioner should over-rule the obviously bad call and allow the game to end. It would not be unprecedented, and should not be done routinely. But in this case, it would be warranted.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  116. Nancy Nelson

    I say, "Change the call!!". I remember the call change of the Brett pinetar homerun. That was so much less significant!
    Galarraga deserves his PERFECT game.

    June 3, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  117. Stan Williams

    The replays clearly showed the pitcher was slightly "bobbling" the ball as the runner crossed the base. Was it enough for a "safe" call? Probably not considering the situation. But I have to give a lot of credit to the ump who called it as he saw it with total oblivian to the situation – as he should. I think the "bobble" had a lot to do with Galarrago not appearing to be upset at the call.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  118. Elaine Abernathy

    I watched this game and was disappointed by the call made by the umpire. After reviewing the play , it should have been ruled an out and the perfect game granted. Mr. Galarraga's poise and professionalism displayed by him makes him a true professional and an example to be followed by all who play the game.

    Elaine Abernathy

    June 3, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  119. Judith Bruder

    Absolutely, the call should be reversed! Baseball won't come to an end because they make right a call that was so obviously wrong on such an important event in baseball.

    Baseball needs to review important plays just like football!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  120. Raza S.

    I know it is unprecedented but baseball’s commissioner could possibly change the result of the game, and award Galarraga the perfect game.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  121. gary shoemaker

    The Commissioner should step in and "fix" this obvious miscue. It reminds me in some ways of the famous George Brett pine tar home run where he did step in and make it right. Sports is taking so much of the average American's time and money today, MLB has an obligation to get it right; just like the NFL and to a lesser degree, the NBA.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  122. Kevmoney

    Give this man what he deserves. It does not change the outcome of the game. If there was ever a time MLB should step in and make a bold and necessary decision, this is it. It will preserve a historic event, and will take so much devastation and sadness away from both pitcher Armando Galaragga and umpire Jim Joyce.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  123. Carrie

    It’s about time that instated reply in baseball should be used I’m all for it,

    June 3, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  124. Ria

    The pitcher deserves his "perfect game," just look at the instant replay. The baseball commissioner has the responsibility to make this right, especially after the ump openly admitted he made a mistake. It would be "un-American" in the great game of baseball, which is a huge part of this country's history, to not award Galaragga for his great achievement! And besides, if this was American football, it would already have been overturned, so let's get with it gentlemen!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  125. Joseph Horton

    I am generally not for the replay review, however, this is ridiculous. They deserve a perfect game, and i hate it for the ump and Detroit. I just don't see how he missed this call; it seems that as the play developed he was expecting the runner to be safe and called it as such and was dead wrong. If the commissioner does reverse the call it still has a blemish on it and Detroit loses the thrill of this awesome "perfect" game.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  126. Lynnie Howell

    I was watching the baseball game and I saw it as it happened and I don't understand why it cannot be corrected, even the reruns shows the first baseman was on the base and the runner needed about another foot to get there when the ball was caught. Please you see horserasing with a foto finish and it goes to the nose that is the nearest the finish line, what difference is that than this baseball game, give them their due rights and let us all show a little American Courtesy

    Thanks Lynne

    June 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  127. Adelle

    I believe the Commissioner should reverse the call because:
    1) This was a perfect game, this was not really a close call, and Galaragga deserves the credit for a perfect game.
    2) The Umpire shouldn't have to live feeling guilty over a wrong call, he doesn't deserve the angst that will follow him all through the years
    3) I believe the technology we have for instant replays should be used throughout the game, to aide the Umpires.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  128. Elvia M. Chalmers

    I am thankful for the examples that both umpire and pitcher displayed for our youth. That was such a display of "character" positive character. mistakes happen in life, it's our reactions that matter. If we had more men like the two of them we might not be watching the "gulf oil spill crisis" or Enron or....................

    June 4, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  129. Dan

    I am a Tigers fan, have been for 40+ years, even in the early 2000's when we were setting records for the worst AL loss record.
    Bud Selig made his ruling, he will not reverse this decision. PATHETIC.
    Bud, let me address a question to you. I don't know if you still have part ownership in the Brewers or not, but I am sure your heart is still with that team. IF this would have been a Brewers pitcher, would you have remained unbiased and made the same ruling?
    OR, better yet. Yankees stadium. The BOSOX in town. Burkett on the mound, bottom of the ninth. The same situation. The same outcome. What would your ruling would have been?
    The ruling he made was PATHETIC.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:44 am |
  130. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    I think the call should stand and feel bad for the pitcher. If you start overturning bad calls it will open up a can of worms. You will have people going back through old videos of other games that were lost on bad calls and asking them to be overturned.
    I think the should be able to review questionable plays like they do in football. This call is a good argument for that to be put in place.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  131. Mr. Eister

    I say give it him. The ump admitted a bad, wrong call. In law that is evidence. The commissioner is being a buzzard. It (IS) a perfect game and that's what history will remember it to be.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  132. leslie liddle

    first baseman was blobbling the ball – safe

    June 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  133. Rudy

    If the bad call had happened in the early innings before the game ended as a bad call one hiiter would it have the same consideration?

    June 7, 2010 at 5:21 am |