Major League Baseball can review Wednesday night’s controversial call that cost Detroit’s Armando Galarraga a perfect game all it wants, but DO NOT overturn umpire Jim Joyce’s muffed call.
I’m all for using video reviews on home runs because the umpires often are unable to get a good look.
But you have to keep the human element in play elsewhere in baseball. It’s one of the main things that makes the game so great.
I don’t understand why blown calls make baseball great. I have seen the ‘human element’ argument before but I don’t understand it. I enjoy the competition. I don’t enjoy blown calls.
I can understand the ‘don’t overturn this because you will have to overturn a lot more in the past too’ (UPDATE: I can see some, however little, reasoning behind it). But ‘don’t take away blown calls, they make baseball great’?
Imagine you pitched 8.2 perfect innings and then due to a Joyce-type blown call you lose the perfect game. And then someone comes to you and says ‘ain’t blown calls fantastic?’. There better not be any bats around!
And something else. If the ‘human element’ is so great then why do you want to take it away using replay?