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Umpire Jim Joyce’s Blown Call Improves Case for Instant Replay in MLB

Two years ago, I made the argument that baseball should join the 21st century and add instant replay after seeing a blown call during the Padres/Rockies playoff game. It took some time, but MLB finally decided to allow umpires the ability to review home runs. Unfortunately, Bud Selig refused to further integrate instant replay into the game. That poor decision altered history on Wednesday night when umpires were unable to review the blown call by Jim Joyce that ruined Armando Galarraga’s perfect game.

As we previously detailed, Joyce made a terrible call and cost Galarraga the perfect game. I understand the “human element” of the game and I think baseball should continue to have it. However, I like that umpires have the ability to review home runs and I would like them to have the ability to review more plays. To me, the best solution would be to give managers the option to throw a challenge flag much like NFL coaches. I would say give them two challenges per game (no need to completely slow down an already slow game) so that we can correct wrong calls.

NFL and NBA officials review plays using instant replay, NHL officials review goals, and tennis allows players to challenge calls. Why shouldn’t managers have the ability to do the same so that calls can be corrected?

Here’s a video of the blown call to ruin Armando Galarraga’s perfect game:



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  • SpinMax

    WORST CALL EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    at least we got a win but COME ON!
    This is one of those times when a commish with balls should step in and change it. They change
    hits/errors the next day, right? Well do this one and do it right.

  • Isi

    I agree with you.

    I’m slowly learing baseball because my son just started playing it recently so I’m learning as time goes by.

    So I’ve been watching a few games here an there so my intial impression on this was for the type of game baseball is, I’m very surprized they don’t review close plays on instant replay. It’s simple, there are some plays that we human being can’t catch so a video instant replay should help make the right call. If close plays were allowed to be reviewed with instant replay, then an umpire should not make any decisions on any close plays until he/she reviews the instant replay.