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Another near perfect game! What is the cause?

Asked by filmfann (46107points) June 2nd, 2010

Today, the Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Gallarraga was robbed of a perfect game, with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Heartbreaking is the only word I can use to describe it.
There were already two perfect games this year, and another nearly perfect (spoiled by an error by the shortstop for the Giants). Has something shifted giving pitchers an advantage? Are the threads heavier? Is it the lack of steroids? Why is there a sudden glut of perfect games?

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filmfann's avatar

By the way, in the above link, check out the expression on the pitcher at the very end, when he realizes he lost his perfect game. He smiles. That guy has a good attitude.

dpworkin's avatar

Stochastic events sometimes cluster.

jaytkay's avatar

Out. He was out. Out. Out.

evan742's avatar

Ok ok that ump needs to get fired he clearly cant see a dam thing!!!

talljasperman's avatar

can they change the ruling after the game?

filmfann's avatar

There are no replay-reversals in baseball.

wilma's avatar

What @dpworkin said. Things like that generally seem to happen in multiples.

Gallarraga is a class act. He is the poster boy for good sportsmanship.
That umpire did apologize to him and admitted that he made a bad call. I’m glad the guy could be a man about that.
It is a rotten shame, and what I don’t understand is why all the officials didn’t get together and overrule the call. If I understand correctly that is the only way that a call can be changed.

lynfromnm's avatar

It’s my understanding that the only way the other umps can overturn a call is if, after conferring, any of them feels he may have had a better look at the play. In this instance, I don’t see how any of them could have had a better look.

While I don’t favor using instant replay for strikes and balls, I do favor it for times like this. Maybe, like NFL football, coaches should get a certain number of calls they can question during a game, and request replay.

sferik's avatar

@filmfann In 2008, baseball did start using instant replay under limited circumstances, related to home runs. For example, video may be used to determine whether a ball hit out of the park was fair or foul. However, video replay was not allowed in this case because it was a safe/out call.

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