Four veteran MLB umpires retire; Rob Manfred isn’t ready to bring in robots to call balls & strikes

It was announced on Tuesday that veteran Major League Baseball umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, and Tim Welke are retiring before the 2017 season. After that news was announced, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was asked about his feelings on the league going to an electronic strike zone: Let’s start with the outgoing umpires. This is a group of umpires that have become...
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February 21, 2017  |  Discuss

New book highlights history of near perfectos

The pitcher had retired the first 26 batters he faced. Then, one out away, the umpire made a mistake, helping deprive him of his perfect game. This is the story of Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga on June 2, 2010. But it's also the story of Phillies lefty George (Hooks) Wiltsie in 1908. And it's the common thread that unites "Almost Perfect: The Heartbreaking Pursuit of Pitching...
January 31, 2017

6 years ago, this Detroit Tigers pitcher was tragically robbed of a perfect game

Armando Galarraga is a name probably only baseball diehards will immediately recognize.He spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues with the Rangers, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Astros, amassing a total of 0.4 wins above replacement in that span. He played in the minor leagues in 2013, Taiwan in 2014 and Mexico in 2015. He's now retired from professional baseball.Six years ago today...
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June 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Review: 'Baseball's No-Hit Wonders' is fascinating book

''Baseball's No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching's Greatest Feats'' (Unbridled Books), by Dirk Lammers Spring is almost official, and that means the other season about to start is baseball season. Author Dirk Lammers examines the history of a pitcher's dream to throw a no-hitter in ''Baseball's No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching's Greatest Feats.'' A perfect...
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March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Nearly perfect: Yankees hire Armando Galarraga as minor league instructor, per report

Galarraga last pitched in the bigs in 2012 Newsday's Erik Boland reported from Tampa on Thursday that the Yankees have hired former big league pitcher Armando Galarraga as a minor league pitching instructor. Armando Galarraga, he of the perfect game that was but suddenly wasn't, has joined the Yankees as a minor league pitching instructor...
February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

5 Years Later: Looking Back at Armando Galarraga’s ‘Perfect Game’

Pitchers dream of throwing a perfect game in Major League Baseball, yet only 23 have accomplished the feat. Then again, maybe we should consider the number 24 to include former Detroit Tigers arm Armando Galarraga. On June 2, 2010, against the Cleveland Indians, Galarraga had sent down 26 consecutive batters, and he induced a ground ball that appeared would cap an unblemished night...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: June 2, 2010

2010 – The Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga is robbed of his perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on a blown call at first base by umpire Jim Joyce, as Cleveland Indians shortstop Jason Donald is ruled safe on the infield single that wasn’t in a 3-0 one-hit shutout. Galarraga had retired the first 26 batters with relative ease when Donald reached on an infield single...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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