Thursday, June 3, 2010
Blown call doesn't sway Torre on replay
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he opposes the expanded use of instant replay in the wake of a blown call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game.
"I supposed if the call had been 'out' and we found out it should have been safe, now what do you do?" Torre said. "Are you going to have people yelling, 'No, no, it shouldn't have been a perfect game?'"
Umpire Jim Joyce said he was wrong about ruling Cleveland's Jason Donald safe on what would have been the final out of Wednesday's game in Detroit. The Tigers beat the Indians 3-0 and the umpire apologized to the pitcher after the game.
Joyce was contrite in his public statements, and there has been much sympathy for him and Galarraga around baseball.
"He is human, man," Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal said. "I know he made a bad call, but we're all human. It's life. Everybody makes mistakes. For me, he is one of the best umpires in the league. He made a bad call, but he is a good guy and a good umpire."
Torre echoed those statements about Joyce, a 22-year veteran umpire.
"If you asked me to give you a group of umpires I would like to have call our games, he would be one of them," Torre said. "It's just unfortunate for Jim Joyce. You feel bad for him, but he showed his character in a big way with the way he handled the whole situation."
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.