Thursday, June 3, 2010

Historic Night in Baseball

Yesterday, Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement.

He was probably one of the most popular players in history, and easily one of the best. He hit 630 home runs, just one of just four players to do without the taint of steroids. Without being hampered by injuries late in his career he might have hit 750 or more.

My favorite Griffey moment was Griffey's winning run. Video here.

But yesterday will be best remembered for the biggest blown call in sports history.

Armando Galarraga threw a perfect game, but a bad call broke it up after 8 and 2/3rds innings. The two biggest stories this season, bad umpiring and perfect games, clashed last night for what might go down as the biggest story of the year.

I firmly believe Bud Selig will have the league officially change the call and give Galarraga his perfect game. It will be unprecedented, but appropriate, similar to the pine tar incident.

The call may also go down in history as a tipping point in the case for instant replay.

Update: Selig won't reverse the call. More evidence he will be remembered as the worst commissioner in baseball history.

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