Selig, please expand instant replay

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 4, 2010

Major League Baseball needs to expand instant replay calls, and that’s a fact.

Given the fiasco surrounding umpire Jim Joyce’s blown call at first base Wednesday night that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game, MLB commissioner Bud Selig should be considering expanding the current instant replay rules.

The current rules only apply to home runs — whether balls are foul or fair going over the fence.

As I sat at lunch watching SportsCenter on ESPN like I usually do, the story about former umpire Don Denkinger was playing.

Denkinger is best known for making a blown call in the 1985 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals.

In game six, Denkinger made a questionable call at first base, that went on to cause the Cardinals to falter, and the Royals to win the World Series game seven.

In a story on ESPN’s website, Denkinger said on instituting instant replay that “if a play is missed, it can be corrected.”

MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday on the same website that he will not overturn the blown call, but would look at the current umpire’s system and the instant replay expansion.

Stories are being written about whether instant replay calls should be expanded, and I fully support that effort.

Denkinger, on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on Thursday said “obviously (Joyce) didn’t see it properly.”

Joyce even admitted he missed the call.

“I missed it,” Joyce said in a story from FoxSports’ website. “I took a perfect game away from that kid over there.”

With Joyce’s situation, I do give him credit because he had the guts to apologize to Galarraga and the Tigers. And on Thursday, Galarraga said he hopes the Tigers fans will forgive Joyce.

He actually did that after the game upon reviewing the instant replay, SportsCenter revealed Thursday.

That same day, Galarraga also showed an incredible amount of sportsmanship handing Joyce the lineup card in the series finale game against the Indians.

Joyce shook Galarraga’s hand and patted him on the arm, which I think was a great thing to see in this sport.

In my humble opinion, I think Joyce and Galarraga will continue to do what they do well — officiate and play baseball, respectively.

There will be plenty of opportunities for Galarraga to throw a perfect game, and there will be plenty more games for Joyce to officiate after 22 years as an umpire.

But to make Joyce feel a little better, it would have been nice to have had the expanded instant replay rules instituted already.