Maddon: Tigers' Galarraga should, eventually will have perfect game
Rays manager Joe Maddon, natually, had an interesting take on the perfect game controversy.
Maddon said he thinks Detroit's Armando Galarraga should be credited with throwing a perfect game on Wednesday and that eventually - in about 10 years - umpire Jim Joyce's bad call will be erased as umpiring rules and protocols are changed.
"In my minds’ eye, it was a perfect game,'' Maddon said. "I think about 10 years from now at some point, somebody’s going to come back and call it a perfect game. I think it's going to take about 10 years because I believe this is the seminal moment right now that something’s going to happen eventually that’s going to change the way all this thing is umpired. Not that I agree with that, but I still think it’s going to happen. So I think maybe 10 years from now you’re going to be able to reflect, look back at it, look at that video say, the guy was out, he’s got his perfect game. That’s my call.''
Maddon, by the way, does not want to see any increase in the use of instant replay.
"I would leave it just as it is,'' Maddon said. "I like boundary disputes only. I don’t want to see an umpire in the booth. You talk about pace of the game, etc., that’s one item that I think can negatively impact the pace of the game. I don’t want to have a red flag in my back pocket, throwing it out there three times a night or try to look for the right moment to throw it out there. Let it play, let it play it as it’s always played, then we can all argue about it afterward. It fuels talk shows, it fuels newspapers, it fuels a lot of situations. After all, it’s just a baseball game, it’s not life and death.’’