Statement: MLB commissioner Bud Selig

Baseball commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig issued the following
statement regarding Wednesday night’s game in Detroit:

“First, on behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate
Armando Galarraga on a remarkable pitching performance. All of us
who love the game appreciate the historic nature of his effort last
night.

“The dignity and class of the entire Detroit Tigers organization
under such circumstances were truly admirable and embodied good
sportsmanship of the highest order. Armando and Detroit manager Jim
Leyland are to be commended for their handling of a very difficult
situation. I also applaud the courage of umpire Jim Joyce to
address this unfortunate situation honestly and directly. Jim’s
candor illustrates why he has earned the respect of on-field
personnel throughout his accomplished career in the Major Leagues
since 1989.

“As Jim Joyce said in his postgame comments, there is no dispute
that last night’s game should have ended differently. While the
human element has always been an integral part of baseball, it is
vital that mistakes on the field be addressed. Given last night’s
call and other recent events, I will examine our umpiring system,
the expanded use of instant replay and all other related features.
Before I announce any decisions, I will consult with all
appropriate parties, including our two unions and the Special
Committee for On-Field Matters, which consists of field managers,
general managers, club owners and presidents.”

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