10 Years Later, Galarraga Wants Official Credit For Perfect Game

Jim Joyce agrees he should get it.

97.1 The Ticket
May 13, 2020 - 1:12 pm

Armando Galarraga could have -- should have -- gone down in MLB history for throwing a perfect game.

Instead, the former Tigers pitcher is remembered for having one stolen away

Nearly 10 years after Jim Joyce blew that fateful call at first base, Galarraga would like the credit he deserves. And Joyce wants him to get it, too. 

"What can I do to have a better finish to the story?” Galarraga told The Athletic. “How can Major League Baseball give me the perfect game? Because it was perfect, right?”

It was on June 2, 2010, with two outs in the ninth, that Galarraga beat Indians hitter Jason Donald to first base to record what should have been the final out of the 21st perfect game in MLB history. But Joyce blew the call, and there was no replay back then to fix it. 

So fix it now, says Galarraga. 

“Why not? Why wait for so long? I don’t want to die, and then they’ll be like, ‘You know what, he threw a perfect game,'" Galarraga said. 

Joyce, who admitted afterward that he got it wrong, would also like to see it made right. Armando Galarraga should have a perfect game officially stamped on his resume. 

“I agree with him," Joyce said. “I agree. Because he did it.”

Just though it would be, it's highly unlikely MLB reverses the call. Overturning one would require the league to revisit countless others.

Galarraga will have to be satisfied instead with being the only pitcher in big-league history to record 28 outs in a nine-inning game.