It wouldn’t be a Baseball Reporters show if the near perfect game by Armando Galarraga wasn’t discussed. Jim McKean, former MLB umpire, joined the show to talk about Jim Joyce, the umpire whose blown call will forever define his career.
Tony Mazz respects Jim Joyce for owning up to his mistake in last night’s postgame press conference. However, Tony feels that it is still unexcusable.
He had this to say, “He took full responsibility for it. Doesn’t mean that the mistake was excusable. Because it wasn’t. It was a horrible call. It really wasn’t even that close. There are bang bang plays at first base, and we’ve seen lots of them, where you look at the replay and go ‘Boy I can’t tell, that can go either way’. This was about a half step where Galarraga beat the runner to the base. A good half step.”
Jim McKean, former supervisor of umpires, talked with Tony today about Jim Joyce’s blown call and Armando Galarraga’s near perfect game. McKean supports the MLB expanding instant replay.
McKean, “Figuring out how [to expand instant replay] is a huge problem and Commissioner Selig is not a big fan of it. As an umpire, probably 20 years ago when we didn’t have replay, I would have said ‘We don’t need replay we are really good’. But as this curve comes, we need to try and stay ahead of the curve. How they are going to do that? I don’t know.”
Brian from Marlborough called into the show today and thinks that the MLB should reverse the call to reflect what actually happend. Tony disagrees because he understands that umpires are part of the game and that human error is involved.
Mazz compares it to football, “In the NFL, when a quarterback throws a pass over the middle and it hits an official and the ball ends up on the turf as an incomplete pass, despite the fact that there was an open receiver behind him, they don’t get the down over. Doesn’t work that way. They are part of the landscape. They are part of the playing field and you have to live with the consequences.”