Armando Galarraga’s Perfect Game Ruined

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Trying to become the third pitcher in the 2010 season to toss a perfect game, Armando Galarraga was one out from tossing the 21st perfect game in history. Jason Donald, the number nine hitter in Cleveland’s lineup was the last man to stand in the way of Armando’s perfect game. On a 1-1 count, Donald hit the ball between first and second where 1st baseman Miguel Cabrera was able to snag the ball up and toss it to the covering Galarraga on first. On what looked to be a very close play wasn’t at all. Donald was a full stride behind as the ball reached Gallarga’s glove was called same by Jim Joyce. Boos started to rain down upon the ump and players started to express their feelings. Gallaraga was able to record the next out but 28 batters should have never been able to take stride in the box.

Now the question of instant replay should be used outside of home-run calls. Situations this big should be examined and not ignored. History in the making should never be tampered with despite how pure baseball has been able to maintained throughout the years. With all this being said, Gallaraga should end up with a rare positive asterix next to his name in the history books. As of now, Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay have made 2010 history but we shall not forget Armando Gallaraga.

  1. There’s no doubt that instant replay must be considered extensively for situations other than homeruns. The big question is going to be whether or not the MLB decides to do anything about the umpire’s erroneous call. If the call statys (which I unfortunately see happening), then the MLB takes a hit. If the call is reviewed and reversed, then the umpire still gets lashed for making a bad call.

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