Ump blows call, costs pitcher perfect game


Staff member
What an unbelievable situation last night at Comerica Park in Detroit. Armando Galarraga was ONE OUT away from a perfect game (only the 21st in the history of the sport) and the umpire at first base completely blew the call and cost him his chance at history.

Reminds me of the blown call at first in the 1985 World Series that cost the Cardinals the Championship.

Here's the video of the umpire's reaction after the game...he was a man and told Galarraga he blew it. Pretty stand up guy...hopefully he doesn't get threatened for this. The guy who blew the call in the World Series received death threats.

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What's next? Instant replay. This call was so easy though... I cannot believe he called him safe.


/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
Oh so this is the guy my friends have been cursing on their facebook statuses today. I didn't realise how rare it could have been. No wonder. *Awaits threats


Registered Member
Wow, after watching that, he was clearly out. The umpire made the wrong call and the pitcher should of had a perfect game. If I were the pitcher, i be very upset too.


Change the World
Staff member
The Ump and pitcher involved are both such classy guys, definitely characteristic of baseball!

Ump's imperfect call ruins perfect game -

Ump's imperfect call ruins perfect game
Thursday, Jun. 03 2010
DETROIT — Armando Galarraga squeezed the ball in his mitt, stepped on first
base with his right foot and was ready to celebrate the first perfect game in
Detroit Tigers history.

What happened next will be the talk of baseball for the rest of this season and
likely a lot longer.

Umpire Jim Joyce emphatically called Cleveland's Jason Donald safe, and a
chorus of groans and boos echoed in Comerica Park.

Then, after Detroit's 3-0 win, Joyce emphatically said he was wrong and, in
tears, hugged Galarraga and apologized.

"You don't see an umpire after the game come out and say, 'Hey, let me tell you
I'm sorry,'" Galarraga said. "He felt really bad."

"It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the (stuff) out of it,"
Joyce said, looking and sounding distraught as he paced in the umpires' locker
room. "I just cost that kid a perfect game. ... I thought (Donald) beat the
throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay."

It's rare for an umpire to acknowledge a mistake and, it's certain to prompt a
push for Major League Baseball to increase its use of replays.

As it stands, baseball replays can be used only for questionable home runs.
There's no appealing a judgment call, either by replay or protest. A blown call
by first base umpire Don Denkinger helped tilt the 1985 World Series between
the Royals and the Cardinals, and followed him throughout his career.

"I worked with Don Denkinger. I know what he went through," said the
54-year-old Joyce, who became a full-time major league umpire in 1989 and has
worked two World Series, 11 other playoff series and two All-Star games.

Galarraga was trying for the third perfect game in the majors this year,
including Roy Halladay's gem last Saturday night.

On a play teams work on often in spring training, Galarraga and first baseman
Miguel Cabrera did their jobs on what should've been the final out.

Donald hit a grounder in the hole between first and second, Cabrera fielded it
and threw to first, where Galarraga caught the ball at least a step ahead of
Donald, replays showed.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland charged out of the dugout to argue the call to no
avail. The next batter grounded out, and Leyland and many of his players
angrily let Joyce know how they felt.

"It's understandable in that case," Leyland said, adding a perfect game is "a
pretty sacred thing."

"I don't blame them a bit for anything that was said," Joyce said.


Registered Member
The ump blew it. Even if it was a close call, I still would have given it to Detroit, but it wasn't a close call.


Staff member
I was impressed with the way umpire Jim Joyce personally apologized to Galarraga and offered no excuses.

Today in Detroit he's behind the plate and he was seen crying because Galarraga and other Tiger players were so nice to him about it. I think the whole thing was handled with class even though it was a terrible situation in which Galarraga was robbed out of being put in the history books.


Son of Liberty
I saw this last night as I watched the Cardinals/Reds game. Pretty messed up situation.

Kudos to both Joyce and Galarraga for handling this so professionally. I know Joyce feels like shit for blowing the call and I can only imagine how Galarraga feels.


4 legs good 2 legs bad
That really sucks. I feel bad for both the umpire and the pitcher, but it's nice to see the situation handled with such class on both sides. Bud Selig, on the other hand, has absolutely no excuse not to overturn the call and make everyone happy.

That said, the only thing that really matters is that the Tigers won the game. I think people, and especially the media, put too much emphasis on records and individual glory. I'm not trying to take anything away from Galarraga. What he did is amazing, and just because it won't show up in the record books doesn't mean he didn't actually do it. He knows he pitched a perfect game whether it's official or not.