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.