Last year, Major League Baseball stepped up to the technology plate and adapted instant replay. However, these implementations were very minor.

Instant replay could only be used on home run boundary calls, such as if a ball touched anything in “home run land” and bounced back into play, or if a fan reached over and caused what would be a double appear to be a home run. For the most part, I was very much in agreement with these rules. However, it’s time for change.

This comes after the call made in a near perfect game on June 2 by Armando Galarraga. Galarraga had retired the first 26 batters of the game when Cleveland’s Jason Donald hit a ground ball to the right of first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera came up with the ball and tossed it over to Galarraga, who was covering first base. Veteran umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe at the base. Replays later showed that the ball and Galarraga beat Donald to the bag.

It’s one thing that a call is missed from time to time on regular games. But now we’re messing with history. This could have been, and should have been, the 21st perfect game in major league history, and the third in the span of less than 30 days. That’s just too much history to let a judgement call mess up.


Ryan is a Jabberhead and an SJ contributing author

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