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Umpires will also have to adjust to the idea that they are not perfect and not take an overturned call as a personal affront. If anything they should be grateful they will not be on the hook any longer for blown calls they are too proud _ or too obstinate _ to reverse.

Umpire Jim Joyce surely would have liked the backup in Detroit that day in 2010 when he called Cleveland’s Jason Donald safe in what should have been the last out of Galarraga’s perfect game. Joyce was devastated after finding out he blew the call and said it haunted him for a long time afterward.

Unfortunately, instant replay is not retroactive. It won’t give Galarraga his perfect game, and it won’t allow the Twins another chance to beat the Yankees.

But it will put another eye in the mix to make sure those things don’t happen again.


Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at) or