Tigers’ Armando Galarraga Loses Perfect Game on Missed Call

Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers thought he had a perfect game wrapped up after catching a pass and stepping on first base for the final out, except that umpire Jim Joyce saw otherwise. Joyce, considered one of the best umpires in the MLB, called Cleveland Indians’s Jason Donald safe on first base, costing Galarraga what could have been the 21st perfect game in Major League history and the first by a Tiger.

Joyce later admitted that he missed the call and apologized to Galarraga. “It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the (stuff) out of it…I just cost that kid a perfect game,” Joyce, a 21-year veteran, said after the game. “I thought he (Donald) beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay.”

Galarraga accepted Joyce’s apology, but said that he felt “sad.” “I just watched the replay 20 times and there’s no way you can call him safe.” Despite the apology, there is only one thing sure, Joyce will forever be remembered for this bungled call. There is no way of reversing the call as the MLB only uses replays on questionable home runs.

Galarraga would have joined Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay, and Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s as the pitchers to get a perfect game this season.