The Birth of Instant Replay (via Sports on Earth)

almostperfectFour years later — to the day — it’s still nearly impossible for me to listen to Jim Joyce’s postgame interview after missing the call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga his perfect game.

Go ahead. Give it a try.

Jim Joyce, on the day that call was made, had been a major league umpire for 21 years. He had umped two All-Star Games, two World Series and 14 postseason series. An ESPN Magazine poll of players named him the best umpire in baseball by a rather wide margin. He was at the absolute top of his profession.

And then he made the biggest mistake an umpire could make, at the worst possible time, calling Jason Donald of the Indians safe on a close play at first base, when it was clear to everyone else that Galarraga had beaten him to the bag. … Read More

(via Sports on Earth)

ALDLAND Podcast

Chris Cunico returns in an action-packed podcast that covers numerous topics from Major League Baseball and the beginning of the soccer season in Europe.  Want to hear about the Rocket’s return to professional baseball?  You got it!  The Melk Man being a bad dude (but not a bad enough dude to rescue the president)?  It’s right here.  Soccer stuff?  That too.  So click play ASAP.

Also I think we should throw this up on the site.  God knows Jim Joyce got a bad rap for that perfect game call, but now he’s out there all saving someone’s life and stuff.  Way to go Jim Joyce!

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/scott-miller/19856253/umpire-joyce-makes-the-best-call-of-the-year—-before-the-game

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