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Selig gets it right: Galarraga must settle for one hitter

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George Ofman

I know my stuff. 36 years in broadcasting. Sox Cubs Bears Bulls Hawks. You ask, I'll answer

I have resisted. I can't anymore.Baseball must institute replay for more than just home run calls.

Armando Galarraga's not so perfect game settled the issue for me.

(If you haven't seen the video, you can at the end of this piece)

It's time to at least allow managers to have the right to challenge a call, but just one call. It's kind of like the NFL policy of coaches throwing the red flag. 

Here's the real issue of the day; The Commissioner deciding whether to review the call because he has the power to overturn it. 

He shouldn't. And he didn't. Good no call, Bud.

I understand why it could be the right thing to do because clearly, Galarraga threw a perfect game. But he didn't.

Umpire Jim Joyce made the call. It was the wrong call and he owned up to it with a tearful apology. But there is no replay for calls such as the one Joyce made thusly, Selig did the right thing by not getting involved.

Even Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said he would not petition MLB to overturn the call. If you would have made an exception now, you'd have to make an exception for previous mistakes that could have cost a team a win. This cost a player a milestone.

It's unfortunate but his team won the game. If Selig had interceded, any team that may have lost a game due to a blown call would have the right to tell Selig, change this call, too!  Remember Phil Cuzzi's brutal mistake in the Twins/Yankees playoff game last year? The Commissioner  didn't change that call.

Jim Joyce blew the call. Bud Selig didn't.


You can follow me on twitter @georgeofman and on Facebook. I'll handle a share of Cubs 10th inning post games on WGN radio 720

 

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