Expanded instant replay a tough sell to Selig
Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:08 pm
By: By DENNIS WASZAK JR., AP Sports Writer
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Bud Selig will continue to look at expanding the use of instant replay in baseball, but doesn’t think it will happen this year — if at all.
“I doubt it, but I wouldn’t ever say never,” the baseball commissioner said Monday night at the site of the draft at MLB Network studios. “It’s worked out well. Look, I am a traditionalist, but I also want to do what I think is best for the sport.”
Last Wednesday, first-base umpire Jim Joyce erred on what would have been the final out of a perfect game by Armando Galarraga in Detroit, where the Tigers beat Cleveland 3-0, calling the Indians’ Jason Donald safe.
“Look, in the end, for good or bad, I think I’ve changed this sport more than anybody else ever has in the past 18 years,” Selig said. “I will do what I think is right and I’ll take the responsibility for it.”
Selig said he and baseball’s special committee for on-field matters have a conference call coming up to review several topics, and added that there will be “no sacred cows.”
He also said he has spoken to several baseball people, who have told him they are against expanding replay.
Selig added that he was “extremely comfortable” about his decision to not reverse the blown call and was proud of the way Joyce, Galarraga, manager Jim Leyland and the Tigers handled themselves in what could have been an ugly situation.
A tearful Joyce apologized to a gracious Galarraga after Wednesday’s game.
“When you look back at it, and I don’t want to be trite about it, but it really turned out to be a great story,” said Selig, who spoke with Joyce on Monday. “You had a pitcher who acted just beautifully, you had an umpire who did what a lot of people in life should do, he told the truth. … That’s as good as any sport has ever confronted a difficult situation and the credit goes to the parties involved.”