Jim Joyce voted MLB’s best umpire in ESPN poll
Jim Joyce was voted the best umpire in Major League Baseball in
a poll of 100 players conducted by ESPN the Magazine.
Joyce made national headlines when he missed a call at first
base that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect
game on June 2. After seeing a replay, the 22-year veteran
acknowledged he blew the call and apologized to Galarraga.
ESPN said Sunday that 50 active players from each league were
asked confidentially within the past week to select the three best
umpires in baseball. Joyce was named on 53 percent of the surveys,
topping Tim McClelland (34 percent).
CB Bucknor was voted the game’s worst ump.
Also, 86 percent of players agreed that commissioner Bud Selig
should not have overturned Joyce’s call and awarded Galarraga the
21st perfect game in big league history.
The issue of instant replay also was addressed, and 77 percent
said there should be no replay on base calls.