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Too Short For A Column

6/4/2010

Like Joe Torre in a bikini, baseball is wrong, wronger, wrongest in The Big Galarripoff.

Bud Selig should absolutely reverse the call. Throughout history, baseball czars have righted wrongs. I've seen it. I covered the infamous George Brett Pine Tar Game in 1983. American League president Lee MacPhail reversed the call made by umpire Tim McClelland -- the one that nullified Brett's home run over the nit-picky, too-much-pine-tar rule on the bat -- and made the Royals and Yankees pick up the game three weeks (and a few dozen legal appeals) later with four outs left. The Royals won the game, and the world did not go hurling off its axis because of it.

That was just one time. In 1991, commissioner Fay Vincent ruled that 50 previous no-hitters were actually not.

But this is typical buggy-whip baseball, bound to the old ways no matter how much it hurts the product, still trying to cure people with leeches when the bottle of penicillin sits right on the shelf. Still not using instant replay to get it right. Still not starting World Series games at a time when kids can actually watch. Still not testing for HGH.

Can you imagine if your office worked like baseball's?

Sure, we could've sent you an e-mail, but we prefer telegrams. We've always used telegrams.

We find it charming.

It's a shame, but the only shame in all of this. The grace young Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga has shown, the contrition gray-haired umpire Jim Joyce has shown and the sweetness Tigers manager Jim Leyland has shown make this a happy canvas of sportsmanship we can all frame and hang.

The very least Selig could do is change the scoring of the play from a hit to an error -- on Galarraga himself -- so that Galarraga can at least be credited with a no-hitter. As it stands now, he's got nothing but the world's most famous one-hitter. Oh, and a brand-new red Corvette, a Band-Aid from Chevrolet.

Baseball will eventually make this right in -- I'm guessing -- another 40 years. Until it does, Galarraga can at least take pride in throwing the first past-perfect game in baseball history: He retired 28 straight batters for his.

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