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The umpire whose controversial call at first base wiped out a perfect game by Detroit Tiger Armando Galarraga has been a major-league ump since 1987 and is known for having a loud, distinctive strike call.

Ohio native James A. Joyce III, 54, graduated in 1977 from Bowling Green State University, where he played baseball, and worked in the Midwest League, Florida Instructional League, Texas League, Pacific Coast League, International League and Dominican League before reaching the majors.

He's been involved in two games that featured milestones: he was the second-base umpire when Nolan Ryan recorded his 5,000th career strikeout and was the first-base umpire when Robin Yount got his 3,000th hit.

Joyce was on the crew in September 2009 when Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was suspended three games and fined $3,000 for igniting a bench-clearing brawl with the Blue Jays. Joyce ruled that Posada's shove of Toronto reliever Jesse Carlson was a cheap shot.

According to Joyce's bio on mlb.com, his proudest moments as a Major League umpire were working the 1999 and 2001 World Series.

 


 

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