9.02(a): Any umpire's decision which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out, is final. No player, manager, coach or substitute shall object to any such judgment decisions.
9.02(c): If a decision is appealed, the umpire making the decision may ask another umpire for information before making a final decision. No umpire shall criticize, seek to reverse or interfere with another umpire's decision unless asked to do so by the umpire making it.
9.04(b): A field umpire may take any position on the playing field he thinks best suited to make impending decisions on the bases. His duties shall be to:
(1) Make all decisions on the bases except those specifically reserved to the umpire in chief
9.04(c)If different decisions should be made on one play by different umpires, the Crew Chief shall call all the umpires into consultation, with no manager or player present. After consultation, the Crew Chief shall determine which decision shall prevail, based on which umpire was in best position and which decision was most likely correct. Play shall proceed as if only the final decision had been made.
The tough part for Galarraga is he does not even have a no-hitter to fall back on. Donald’s hit was ruled a single, and while an official scorer could retroactively change it to an error, as a reader suggested, the play was clean. Nobody messed up except Joyce, and umpires cannot be awarded errors.
Maybe they should, though: E-Umpire. That would be a new one. It would give Galarraga a no-hitter, anyway. But there’s just no way to pretend Jason Donald never reached base. He did.
Michigan lawmakers got into the act on Thursday, lobbying Selig to reverse the call and recognize Galarraga as having thrown a perfect game. Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued a proclamation declaring that Galarraga had indeed pitched a perfect game, while U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell said he'd introduce a congressional resolution asking Major League Baseball to overturn the blown call.
What I'm saying is that the perfect game is such a bizarre, unique situation that the call should be overturned with an explicit statement that it's setting no precedent.
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