Armando Galarraga And Jim Joyce Scheduled To Meet Again Friday

Armando Galarraga pitched a gem on Wednesday night and had perfection in his sights. A terrible call by first base umpire Jim Joyce on what would have been the final out of the game spoiled Galarraga's perfection, however.

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Bud Selig: There Will Be No Reversal

To clarify Bud Selig's released statement, an anonymous baseball official has confirmed that there will be no reversal of the call that cost Armando Galarraga his perfect game. Selig apparently decided not to reverse the call because of concerns with the precedent it would set and because he didn’t think it was practical.

To me, this is a very cowardly move by Selig. This whole situation could have easily been fixed by simply reversing a call that would not have changed the outcome of the game. This was definitely expected out of Selig, but I was hoping to be surprised.

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Audio: Jim Joyce Emotionally Discusses Blown Call

97.1 WXYT Detroit has the audio of umpire Jim Joyce talking about his blown call that cost Armando Galarraga his perfect game. You can check out the audio below.

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Jim Joyce Admits Blown Call Cost Armando Galarraga Perfect Game

Umpire Jim Joyce addressed his blown call after Wednesday night’s game. He expressed regret and dismay according to Dave Hogg, a Detroit area sportswriter, on twitter.

  • Jim Joyce was utterly distraught when we talked to him. “Biggest call of my career, and I kicked the s**t out of it.”
  • Joyce said he didn’t know if he would try to talk to Galarraga. “I don’t know what to do. I just cost that kid a perfect game.”
  • Joyce: "That wasn't a call. That was a history call. And I missed it from here to this wall."
  • Joyce: "I don't blame the Tigers for anything that was said. I don't blame one person a bit."
  • Joyce: "If I were Galarraga, I would have been the first one in my face, and he didn't say a word to me."
Peter King of Sports Illustrated tweets that Joyce apologized to and hugged Galarraga after the game.
What a great moment in Comerica: Jim Joyce apologizes to Galarraga, Galarraga accepts, they hug. Class by Joyce, incredible class by the kid.
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Video: Entire 9th Inning Of Armando Galarraga's Perfect Game Bid

Below is a video of the entire bottom of the ninth of tonight's Tigers-Indians game. The video includes Austin Jackson's amazing catch in left-center field that kept Armando Galarraga's perfect game alive, as well as umpire Jim Joyce's blown call that subsequently ruined perfection. In all, you could say that the video includes four outs, although the boxscore will only show three officially.


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Photos: Jim Joyce's Blown Call Costs Armando Galarraga A Perfect Game

Here are two photos uploaded by Jose3030 that show the blown call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga his perfect game.  With two outs in the ninth inning, Jason Donald hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield and it was fielded by Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.  Galarraga covered first base in Cabrera's absence and clearly beat Donald to the base.  

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Tigers players and manager Jim Leyland argued the call extensively to no avail.  Galarraga retired the next hitter so this blown call was the only thing that stood between him and Major League Baseball's record books.

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