There are really two posts here, but I'll talk about them as one subject. Baseball has had a really, really crappy week.
The end of Ken Griffey Jr.'s career in baseball is the biggest news, and the way that Griffey went out is sad and pathetic. He should have been evaluated in spring training and asked to retire before the season got off to a start. If they knew then that he wasn't hitting, why subject him to an April and a May of misery?
This is an example of terrible managing. Griffey may have wanted to work through these issues, but a real manager would have evaluated his potential as a contributor and gone from there. Baseball is the least sentimental of sports. If you can't play, you get off the roster. No team can afford to carry dead weight. Griffey is a first round lock on the Hall of Fame. Anything less is a travesty. He is a poster child for playing the game the right way.
This is the least surprising story, however:
Commissioner Bud Selig won't reverse an umpire's admitted blown call that cost Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game.
Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball will look at expanded replay and umpiring, but didn't specifically address umpire Jim Joyce's botched call Wednesday night.
A baseball official familiar with the decision confirmed to The Associated Press that the call was not being reversed. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that element was not included in Selig's statement.
Joyce said he erred on what would've been the final out in Detroit, where theTigers beat Cleveland 3-0. The umpire personally apologized to Galarraga and hugged him after the game, then took the field at Comerica Park on Thursday in tears.
"It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the [stuff] out of it," a distraught Joyce said Wednesday night. "I just cost that kid a perfect game."
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski had said the team wouldn't ask MLB to overturn the call. The mistake denied Galarraga the 21st perfect game in history, and the first for the Tigers.