Tradition Is Dumb

You can’t fix 99% of blown calls after the fact without opening a huge can of worms.  Like it or not, human error is part of sports, and in trying to correct those errors, there is often no easy solution.

But this Galarraga situation is different, and it created a wonderful opportunity for MLB.

A perfect game is a very rare individual achievement, but, in the context of a season, a perfect game is no different from any other win.  This is about as simple as a blown call can be, and correcting this error does NOT open a giant can of worms.  Unlike most of the problems that plague baseball, this situation is black and white.  Galarraga threw a perfect game.  Joyce blew the very last call.  End of story.

There is almost nothing at stake except for a line in a record book for Galarraga and a little peace of mind for Joyce.  Both the ump and the pitcher showed remarkable class in the aftermath of the game.  This could be a feel-good story of redemption for the league.  Couldn’t baseball benefit from a little public contrition?  Would admitting a mistake really be SUCH a terrifying precedent to set?  Why would baseball ignore an obvious solution to an obvious mistake?  I don’t understand the risk here.

Show fans that you want your hallowed record books to be correct.  Everyone wins.  No one loses.

“We effed this one up, but we want to make it right.”

Just overrule the call, stupidheads.

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4 Responses to “Tradition Is Dumb”


  1. 1 pjf-usrt June 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    And most of all. The career of a highly respected umpire that spans over twenty years like Jim Joyce doesn’t get reduced to being “the guy that blew the call that cost a pitcher his perfect game”. He’s off the hook and back to being an umpire. I’m sure Joyce would be totally cool with that as well…

  2. 2 Katebits June 4, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Yeah, that’s a big part of this too, Peter. Joyce freely and immediately admitted his mistake. This isn’t a situation where some crazy ump is digging in his heels about a blown call. I’m sure that Jim Joyce wishes that call could be overruled.

    And I’ve heard so many people say things like, “Well, what if this had happened in the third inning instead of out #27?” I don’t understand that argument. If it had happened in the 3rd inning, the call would have effected every out after that one, and changing the call would be opening a can of worms. This was the LAST OUT. Galarraga actually threw a perfect game before the bad call. IT’S DIFFERENT, AND IT’S EXTREMELY UNLIKELY ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAS EVER HAPPENED BEFORE OR WILL EVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

  3. 3 elise June 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Kate! I’m making my own MLB records book!

  4. 4 Bauer June 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Unfortunately baseball is ruled by an older generation that doesn’t want to grow the sport and wants to preserve tradition at all costs. There are too many people in charge that are a part of the old guard and get overly romanced about the game.


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