On June 2nd, 2010 Armando Galarraga took the mound for the Detroit Tigers. At the time he was in and out of the rotation with an ERA north of four. This is why his performance against the Indians was so shocking. He breezed through the Cleveland lineup through 8 and 2/3 innings with a perfect game intact. With one out away from history, Jason Donald hit a grounder towards Miguel Cabrera at first. Donald was ruled safe by umpire Jim Joyce. Upon watching the replay, Galarraga clearly beat Donald to the base.
Galarraga’s only reaction was to smile in Joyce’s direction. Trevor Crowe would ground out to end the game as the next batter. The 28 – out perfect game. Galarraga was very professional when talking to the media later that night. He shook it off as everybody is human and makes mistakes. Joyce apologized to him and they shared a nice moment before the next game.
This situation is also a huge argument for instant replay in the MLB. Galarraga would have his name on an illustrious list if we could review it. I was personally against instant replay due to the time factor, but this occurrence flipped my thinking.
Galarraga retired from baseball in 2015.