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


“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.”