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Obstruction call on Will Middlebrooks wins game for Cardinals (Video)

One of the most controversial calls in recent memory gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night. Umpire Jim Joyce, who notoriously screwed up Armando Galarraga’s perfect game, called obstruction on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks for impeding the path of Allen Craig, who was trying to score following an overthrow by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a fielder’s choice with one out in the ninth.

Even though Craig was thrown out at the plate for what would have been the last out of the inning, Joyce called obstruction, which gave Craig and the Cardinals the winning run.

Here’s a clear look at the play:

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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:

Perfect Game Broken Up By Horrendous Call With Two Out in the 9th

Major League Baseball just came one out away from having its third perfect game this yearDetroit Tigers hurler Armando Galarraga had a perfect game going against the Cleveland Indians through 8 2/3 innings when Cleveland shortstop Jason Donald chopped a grounder toward first base.  The perfect game seemed like a certainty as Miguel Cabrera fielded the grounder and threw to a covering Galarraga for the out.  First base umpire Jim Joyce didn’t see it that way and called Donald safe on the play.  Just look at the picture above.

This is one of the worst calls — if not the absolute worst — I have ever seen in a baseball game.  Not only was the runner out by a full step, but in a situation like this even if it were a tie the call should go to the pitcher.  He’s one out away from a perfect game.  I can’t even imagine how mad Galarraga is right now.  What an absolute atrocity.  My guess is Jim Joyce won’t get much sleep tonight once he sees the replay of his call.

UPDATE:
Here’s video of Jim Joyce’s blown call on Armando Galarraga’s perfect game

UPDATE (10:27 EST): People make mistakes.  Jim Joyce happened to make a huge one.  But I do want to mention that I admire the way he owned up to it after the game.  Joyce found Galarraga as quickly as he could once he saw the call he made and apologized to him, telling him he cost him a perfect game.  Galarraga was beyond classy in a post-game interview, saying he doesn’t blame Joyce and it was an honest mistake.  None of this crap changes the fact that Galarraga’s name should be in the record books and won’t be, but I respect Jim Joyce for not hiding from his screw-up.

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