Ex-Tiger Galarraga wants credit for perfect game

Just shy of 10 years since an incorrect call robbed him of a perfect game, former Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga said he wants to be credited with the achievement.”I was like, what can I do to have a better finish to the story?” Galarraga said in a story published Tuesday by The Athletic. “How can Major League Baseball give me the perfect game? Because it was perfect, right?”But first base umpire Jim Joyce ruled Donald safe, an error he acknowledged immediately after the game. Galarraga retired the next batter, but the perfect game (and no-hitter) was lost.Now Galarraga wants to be given the 24th official perfect game — defined as retiring all 27 batters in order, with the starting pitcher finishing the game — in MLB history.”Why not?” Galarraga said to The Athletic. “Why wait for so long? I don’t want to die, and then they’ll be like, ‘You know what, he threw a perfect game.'”Joyce, whom Galarraga forgave in a meeting at home plate a day after the blown call, told The Athletic he believes Galarraga should get credit.

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