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Joyce recounts the blown call

Here's an incredible story from the Detroit Free Press: A very long but worth-every-word interview with umpire Jim Joyce recounting the immediate moments and the days after Wednesday's blown call on the Armando Galarraga perfect game.

Joyce is from Toledo, about an hour from Detroit, and close to where Jim Leyland grew up. They're actually pretty good friends and it's pretty obvious that Leyland's sense of PR helped the situation simmer down dramatically when it was a powerkeg in the making.

As I wrote in today's Inside Baseball column, the Joyce call should kick-start the discussion of enhanced instant replay.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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