Friday, June 4, 2010

Selig makes the right call

Earlier this week human error prevented a historic event in the game of baseball. In the ninth inning umpire Jim Joyce botched a routine call at first base that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game and part of baseball lore. Over the next 48 hours sport pundits, even political shows, debated what Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig should do. Some argued for awarding Galarraga a perfect game while others warned of a slippery slope if Selig were to do just that. Joyce admitted he blew the call and Galarraga, publicly, showed great class in handling the situation.

Bud Selig ruled that no reverse of the blown call will take place. Was this the right call? I think so. For many years of my life I loved to watch baseball but after the last strike I lost confidence in the game. Now there is talk of adding instant reply to the game even further than it is already. Do we need instant replay in baseball? Does it take away from the innocence of the game? To add instant replay into baseball is just wrong. The small imperfection's of the game, due to human intervention, is what makes the game so enjoyable. Besides, will instant replay be used at every close call? Will managers get three challenges a game and if they are successful get extra ones?

Leave the game alone. The ironic thing is that more people will recall this game because of the blown call. In five, ten or twenty years later would anyone recall who pitched the 21st Perfect game in baseball history? Most likely not but we will recall the game that should have been a perfect game.