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Jack Morris Commends Galarraga's Composure

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The Detroit Tigers former five-time All Star pitcher Jack Morris says he probably wouldn't have handled the Armando Galarraga imperfect game the way that Galarraga did.

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As Morris told the Grand Rapids Press:

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"Well, what I would've done at the time is look right at the base runner and say, 'you know you were out, right?' and he would've probably said, 'yah''

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"So here's what we're going to do. You're going to get a big lead and I'm going to pick you off so I face the minimum number of guys.'"

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"And then you can argue it forever because he still faced only the minimum number of guys."

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Morris won 254 games from 1977-1994 during his career with the Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays.  He pitched a no-hitter for Detroit during the magical 1984 season, and threw a "perfect game" of his own.

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"I never even had a chance at a perfect game. I threw a no-hitter, and I actually threw a perfect game, but the first guy got a hit so it was 27 outs after that."

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Morris said he was pleased that umpire Jim Joyce fessed up to his mistake.

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"Speaking of my era, and probably all eras, the only thing an umpire can do is admit that he is human and that he made a mistake," Morris said. "By admitting that, he at least acknowledges that he was aware. We as players always had a tough time with umpires who were never wrong.

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