[Updated at 2:49 p.m.] Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said he will re-examine the umpiring system and the use of instant replay in the wake of the uproar over what should have been Armando Galarraga's perfect game in Detroit.
Umpire Jim Joyce called the Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald safe at first with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, ending the Tigers pitcher's bid for a perfect game. Joyce later admitted he made the wrong call.
"As Jim Joyce said in his postgame comments, there is no dispute that last night's game should have ended differently," Selig said in a statement. "While the human element has always been an integral part of baseball, it is vital that mistakes on the field be addressed. Given last night's call and other recent events, I will examine our umpiring system, the expanded use of instant replay and all other related features. Before I announce any decisions, I will consult with all appropriate parties, including our two unions and the Special Committee for On-Field Matters, which consists of field managers, general managers, club owners and presidents.”
[Updated at 1:06 p.m.] Less than 12 hours after losing a perfect game because of a blown call, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga took to the field once again in what turned out to be a day of celebration.
Galarraga, before Thursday's home game against the Cleveland Indians, was presented with a new red Corvette from Chevrolet and received cheers and applause from the fans and his teammates. Then in a very emotional moment, Galarraga presented the Tigers lineup card to the umpire who cost him his perfect game the night before – Jim Joyce.
Joyce stepped onto the field amid a smattering of boos, but some applause as well. His face was red and was obviously holding back tears as he approached home plate with the rest of the umpiring crew.
Galarraga gave him the lineup card and then shook hands with Joyce and the Indians' manager. Joyce appeared to wipe away tears as Galarraga returned to the dugout.