If baseball is ever going to introduce instant replay in the field of play then now is the time. But we don’t need it.
The probability of a perfect game is minuscule, notwithstanding the three two that have been thrown this season. Twenty seven up, twenty seven down – truly a remarkable feat where everything, and I mean everything, needs to go right. Check out the first out in the 9th inning and you’ll know what I mean.
But the human element is part of the game and MLB has gone out of its way to preserve it. In the 88 pitches Galarraga threw last night, 67 were for strikes. Or were they? The count influences so many situations in a game. A 2-1 count is way different from a 1-2 count. As long as blue is calling the game behind the plate there is no room for replay in the field of play.
How Jim Joyce missed the call is anyone’s guess, but instead of Armando Galarraga being in the record books, it will be Jim Joyce who will remain infamous.
He, the one who Tom Verducci of Sport’s Illustrated says made “the most heartbreaking missed call in the history of baseball”.