Skip to comments.An open letter to the President of the American League and the Comissioner of Baseball
Posted on 06/02/2010 6:52:08 PM PDT by Museum Twenty
An open letter to the President of the American League and the Comissioner of Baseball:
I have loved baseball my entire, rather long life.
Regarding tonight's game in Detroit, you both, for the integrity of the game, have a duty and responsibility to reverse the call. Fix it. Get it right.
It is sufficiently clear. Statistics regarding the 28th batter can be reversed out.
A concept such as “we don’t change calls after the fact” holds no water in these rather unique circumstances. Fix it. Get it right.
There is the concept of a protested game, when the actual outcome of a game can be reversed after the fact. By the League President.
There is the concpt of “thrown games,” when the Comissioner can do as he sees fit to fix things, to get them right.
That is what leadership is about. To do otherwise is simply pigheaded stubborness. Do not hide behind the skirts of the law.
Put an asterisk in the Rulebook under your unilateral authority for the integrity of the game: Replay can be used when the call for the 27th out of a Perfect Game is in dispute.
Gentlemen, fix it. Get it right.
They aren’t going to change the call but it will be viewed and replayed so many times that few will ever deny that it was actually a perfect game.
Pretty crappy thing to happen to a pitcher but that’s baseball.
Is Arnold Rothstein friends with this umpire? /s
Just saw the replay as I am watching my beloved NYY...
He was out by a step...that is just wrong.
Thank you. I love the Pancake Bunny!
In the post game the umpire admitted he blew the call, and cost the kid a perfect game.
The you tube video of the last play already had a number of death threats toward the umpire.
I found out about it through your post, and after reviewing the tape, I agree with you.
One of the worst calls I’ve ever seen. He was not just out, he was out by a mile.
You honestly think the Commissioner of Baseball reads FR??????????
If I read the schedule correctly, they’ll be there again tomorrow afternoon.
Baseball sucks, too slow.
Football is the new American pastime.
Its all a matter of personal preference. I personally like baseball better than football.
In fact I eve like hockey more than football.
Yeah, and Jim Joyce (the umpire in question) is calling balls and strikes tomorrow. Oughta be a good time at the old ballyard.
It was actually better than a perfect game. Galarraga got 28 guys out in a row — the first time anyone ever legitimately got more than 27 out without anyone reaching base. You could make an argument, on this basis, that this was the best single-game pitching performance in MLB history.
They still play football?
Detroit and Chicago pretend to. ;)
Afternoon game. I’d love to see the game when the umps walk out to the plate for the line-ups.
LOL They say the only way to keep a lion out of your yard is to install goalposts.
I suppose baseball is too cerebral for you. The NFL is nothing but pro wrestling with pads.
Irregardless, it is sad a bad call just robbed us of a feat we may never see again.
Three perfect games in the same season.
This is one of those times I can only think to say ‘Get a Life !’
Ain’t no way, no how, not in this lifetime, that you’re gonna seem ‘em wind back the clock and change the outcome of an officially scored and completed game. Never has happened, to my knowledge, and never will ( nor SHOULD it ).
See, doin’ that just ain’t ‘baseball’. There’s no do-overs in baseball. The Ump blew the call ? Deal with it. Sometimes, it goes the other way, too ... Do you know how many so-called ‘perfect games’ were blown by the ‘Official Scorer’. Way too many ...
And ... just in case it hasn’t occurred to you, this is a ‘Game’. It’s not particularly significant WHAT the ‘quality’ of the outcome was or why it went that way. Detroit won; the pitcher records a W. At the end of the season, that’s ALL that will matter.
One Man’s Opinion ...
There was an extra-innings perfect game, but it was way long ago. Memory fails me, but I bet someone comes along and tells us the team, pitcher and year. This is FR.
Fire his ass.
And I sure wouldn't want to be that ump calling tomorrow night's game. Detroit's a dangerous town when folks there like you.
I think it’s a day game. It may be getaway day and they can use the extra travel hours for games on Friday. I’m going to try to catch clips of the umps walking out to get the lineups.
Harvey Haddix threw 12 perfect innings and LOST the game.
That’s it! Thanks! And, I recall now that I heard he did get tagged with a loss for his effort.
It will have an impact on the ERA. But not much.
Sure! I saw some the other day. A bunch of pantywaists were kicking this goofy looking white ball at some nets....I was looking for Cricket.
That was Harvey Haddix, Pittsburgh vs. Milwaukee, May 1959. He pitched 12 perfect innings, then gave up a hit and lost the game in the 13th. It didn’t go down as a perfect game or even a no-hitter in the record books, since he didn’t finish it that way. That’s why I worded my original post the way I did.
No he doesn't, the integrity of the game remains intact now. It is what it is, a bad call by an umpire. It's happened since the first pitch was ever thrown and will happen until the final pitch is thrown. It's a beautiful game played by humans who aren't perfect and umpired by humans who aren't perfect.........and that bad call serves as a reminder of that fact.
The truth be known, had this turned out to be a no hitter then Galaragga would just be another addition to that statistic who nobody will remember 50 or 5 years from now.
But due to the bad call, he and the umpire will be remembered forever...........
I once lost a racquetball tournament finals match due to the referee calling a skipped ball on me when all the spectators watching knew it hadn't skipped......
Stuff like that happens every day in sports, if it didn't then it would start to get boring......
May 26, 1959, Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves, retiring 36 consecutive batters before losing the game in the 13th inning when it all ended on an error, an intentional walk of Hank Aaron then a double............
...and there ain't no cryin' either!
Now there's one of those words I just can't stand to read. It's the equivalent of nails on the chalk board.
How about using a real word, like 'regardless'?
Football is boring as hell. 5 seconds of fat guys falling down, then getting up, patting each other on the butt, hanging out for a couple minutes, then falling down again, only to repeat the ass-patting, etc.
Hell, if I want to see that, I can go down to the bar or the boat ramp on friday night. And the guys i know don’t get paid millions to do so.
What about the Pine Tar game?
But scorekeepers have been known to reverse their judgments the next day. I don’t see why he can’t ‘review’ the play and declare an error on the pitcher, and at least the kid gets on the no-hitter list. There’s plenty of precedent for scorekeepers changing their minds.
Sorry. The Scorekeeper didn’t make the call @ 1st. His job is NOT to DECIDE balls, strikes or outs. He can designate a hit or an error, but he CAN’T call a ball or strike or foul or a run scored or an out or whatever. His job is statistics — to record the events of the game, NOT to call the game.
This isn’t on the Scorekeeper, it’s on the Ump. And NO Ump is going to review his own call and reverse it once play has resumed — he hasn’t the power to do so. In fact, neither does the Commish, the League President or any other figure in or out the sport.
An Ump CAN, and occasionally has reversed himself — immediately, BEFORE play resumes. I’ve BEEN the Ump in Little League, high-school ball, Company Softball, etc. Say you inadvertently give the Ball sign and KNOW you meant to give the Strike. You MAY reverse this before play resumes, if you KNOW you fumbled it. Otherwise, once play resumes, you’re stuck with it and so’s the player.
If you DO reverse yourself, SOMEBODY is going to be unhappy ... so ? That’s life. Deal with it ...
The rules REQUIRE the Ump to make the correct call. The players aren’t supposed to be penalized unduly because of a momentary lapse on the part of the Ump. But, he ONLY gets ONE opportunity to make it right. Once the pitcher starts delivering the next pitch, however, his ONE opportunity is gone forever.
I don’t recall an Ump ever reversing himself because of a tirade by the players or managers. I do recall discussions between the Umps that produced a different call — rarely, but it has happened. The Crew Chief asks ‘You sure ?’ and some discussion might ensue to lock it down. And of course, the Ump CAN defer to another Ump who might have ( or assert ) a different / better view of the call he made before play is allowed to resume — rarely, but it has happened.
This is just baseball, pure and simple. It’s what you get when you put human beings into the mix — imperfection.
And ... come on, it’s only a game, guys.
One Man’s Opinion ...
Oops. Clarification needed here ...
If I yell ‘Ball’ but signal the Strike, I MUST correct myself before allowing play to resume. If I signal one but really meant to signal the other, I CAN change the call, but I am often reluctant to do so.
If there is an immediate argument, I will rely on asserting my judgment — that’s what Umpires DO. If there isn’t an argument, I am serenely willing to admit to myself that I made a bad call and endeavor to better going forward.
But I will NOT change the call in response to an argument by the players or managers. Sometimes, if ALL the other Umps are morally certain it was a bad call and say so with reasoning, I MAY defer to their superior numbers and certainty. But, I am not REQUIRED to if, in my own judgment, I have already made the correct call. And NO ONE has the authority to change my call during or after the game. It stands, regardless.
One Man’s Opinion ...
Yeah, I agree. And unlike basketball and football, baseball doesn’t have a clock. You’ve got to pitch and get those last three outs. There’s no running out the clock. And have you ever noticed that the last minute of an NBA game lasts an hour? Baseball is also a more difficult game to master. Danny Ainge couldn’t play baseball but was an NBA standout. Ditto, Elway. Neither could cut the mustard in professional baseball. Sorry, but I’m not impressed with a seven footer dunking a basketball. But I’m immensely impressed with the fact that Joe Sewell once had over six hundred at-bats and struck out only four times. I’m also impressed that Babe Ruth hit more home runs in a single season than any other team in the American League. And yes, baseball is much more cerebral than the other two. There are more great books written about baseball in a year than all the books ever written about basketball and football. Basketball and football may be more popular, but so what; rap and hip hop are more popular than Beethoven and Mozart. And I’m sick and tired of a bunch of inarticulate morons expressing their so-called individuality with tattoos all over their bodies. Expressing individuality my ass, They’re merely copying what millions of others are doing.
Want a real game? Try lacrosse. There ya go.
But will waste considerable time each week in the fal, the prime time for saltwater fishing, inside watching them. Like the alone time I take it?
No, I totally agree with you, this isn’t on the scorekeeper at all - he’s just in a unique position now to make something a little better and really kind of put in the face of the system, that’s all.