Utley, Rollins, Polanco and Werth Still Lead

We’ve got a NL All-Star voting update.

Here it is:

First base

  1. Albert Pujols, 1,006,149
  2. Ryan Howard, 532,729

Second base

  1. Chase Utley, 1,103,430
  2. Rickie Weeks, 261,591


  1. Jimmy Rollins, 548,629
  2. Hanley Ramirez, 526,890

Third base

  1. Placido Polanco, 500,293
  2. David Wright, 377,815


  1. Yadier Molina, 494,517
  2. Carlos Ruiz, 416,585


  1. Ryan Braun, 693,460
  2. Jayson Werth, 629,894
  3. Andre Ethier, 606,514
  4. Shane Victorino, 566,434
  5. Jayson Heyward, 550,147
  6. Matt Holliday, 467,697
  7. Matt Kemp, 394,579
  8. Raul Ibaez, 390,176


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I Can’t believe that Tiger’s pitcher Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game with 2 outs in the 9th by a blown call. Guess who the hitter was? Yes, our former prospect Jason DOnald who ground out to 3-1 and was called safe. I thought the rule was that unless it’s crystal clear, the pitcher gets the call in these circumstances. MLB umpiring this year has been awful. We have balks called for publicity, games started in conditions which force postponement 3 batters in (and cost a team their starter) blown calls costing pitchers perfect games, and so many more. Time to ask Little League umps to call the games, they can’t do worse.

The thing that p***es me off about that blown call, is it couldn’t be reversed. Even though the ump admitted his mistake, and apologized to Galarraga, after the game.

…and as we are often reminded, the box score will show only the boxscore and not the drama to get there.

f.i.j.: There’s a “rule” for calls like that? Obviously, Joyce thought he was making the right call. On MLB Network, their analyst (forget which former player it was) said that umps are conditioned to go by the sound of the ball in the glove and the foot on the bag. The way Galarraga caught the throw, there was no sound, which probably caused the bad call. The strange thing is, every play-by-play I heard (and saw) thought Donald was out. The only guy who didn’t was Joyce. Even the Indians dugout was surprised.
Turn the situation around and have the umpire call a batter out because of the situation, and have replay show he was safe. Then you’d say the ump “gave him” the perfect game. That isn’t right either. They make errors like players, but it’s sad that sometimes they come in crucial situations – both players and umps. Just like Bender said in “Breakfast Club”, “The world’s an imperfect place.”

Only one team “lost their starter” in that rain delay the other night. That was the second time it had happened to Hudson in a week, and I’m sure he was determined to go back out there regardless. After throwing so few pitches, I’m surprised Charlie didn’t send Cole back out. How long is it between warming up and starting the game? Not much different than the rain delay. The Inquirer said Cole was throwing in the batting cage during the delay, so it’s puzzling.

Heartbreaking that call. How amazing would it have been to have two perfect games in one week?!

Of course the other big news is Junior’s announcement of his retirement. A sure first ballot HOF. Harold Reynolds said he saved the Mariners organization from leaving town.

As for Hamels not returning after the rain delay, that’s usually SOP for the Phils. I wasn’t too surprised. Another agonizing loss yesterday. Kendrick pitched a gem.

Also right now NONE of the Phils deserve to on the All-Star team. Let’s hope some “home cooking” changes things.

One of the reasons to even have a Commissioner is for instances like this. He can make the call and turn that into a perfect game with a snap of his fingers, and it will not change the outcome of the game, which is really the salient point. Bud Selig is a dope.

Let me think, when was the last time a Commissioner changed any ruling on the field……..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh……..can’t remember.

There is precedents. It holds that the Commissioner does not get involved in blown on the field calls. Why is this different?

If there are no precedents, nothing would ever get done. He is the Commissioner and he can do what he wants and it wouldn’t have any effect on the outcome of the game or the season. It wasn’t in the middle of the game where you don’t know what would have occurred later. It was THE LAST OUT OF THE GAME!! Everybody who saw it knows it should have been a perfect game so Bud the dope has a chance to do the right thing.

Mule: The video of the play I saw has the announcers calling him out, then safe per Joyce’s call. WHen I said rule, I meant norm in that you don’t take away a perfect game on a close call. Scorers tend to be more lenient on calling errors if it will break up a no-no, players don’t try to bunt to break one up either, cetain unwritten norms.

THe only way the play could have been reversed would have been by the umps on the field, and i don’t think Joyce noticed his mistake until he saw the video. SInce there is no instant replay except for HRs, there was no way of correcting his obvious mistake.

Wrong, f-i-j. The Commissioner has the power to correct the mistake. Whether or not you agree if he should is not my point, but he definitely has the power to change the call.

It turns out that there is precedent to change it to a perfect game. MLB has taken measures in the past. And, in fact, Bud Selig is consulting with others in MLB as we speak to do just that. Per nohitters.com:
There used to be many more no-hitters on the record books, but in September 1991 the Committee on Statistical Accuracy, chaired by then MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent, changed the official definition of a no hitter, declaring it a game of nine innings or more that ends with no hits. That leaves 266 sanctioned no-hitters (243 in the A.L. and N.L.), detailed here.

The stringent definition eliminated 38 no-hitters from the books that were shortened by rain or darkness and losing efforts by the away team in which the home team doesn?t bat in the bottom of the ninth.

It also wiped out 12 no-hitters by pitchers who threw nine innings of no-hit ball only to yield a hit in extra innings.

I remember when the shortened no-hitters were removed from the books. But change in a general rule seems to be far different than change in a specific case. That being said, just adopt a system similar to what the NFL uses for instant replay.

Saying that reversing the call wouldn’t affect the outcome of the game only works in hindsight. Suppose Galarraga had given up back-t0-back home runs? Then do you reverse the call? If you anwer yes, then you want to go back and reverse every call in every inning that is proved wrong by replay. By my unofficial count, that’s a lot of stolen bases, phantom tags at second on double plays and tons of plays at the plate.
Just let it be. Because it was a perfect game doesn’t separate it from a win. A rally-killing double play or a missed play at the plate has influence too. Reverse them all?

muleman, well said.

Maybe the Hall of Fame or MLB archives could include the game as a perfect game with an asterisk *, explaining the botched call.

I liked what Bob Costas said that Galarraga will be more well-known for this game than he would’ve been had he gotten the perfect game. Gives it some gravitas. Future trivia ??

Unfortunately karen, I think people will remember the blown call by Joyce more than they will that Galaraga was the pitcher. Does anybody remember who Don Denkinger called safe in the 1985 World Series?

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