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Was watching the Cubs/Snakes game Wednesday afternoon and Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper, with Galarraga on the mound, brought up the Joyce call that cost Galarraga a perfect game.

Kasper wondered if you could have Joyce behind the plate for a game with Galarraga on the mound at any point in the future. He brought up "integrity of the game" and whether Joyce would be inclined to give Galarraga too many calls.

I guess I had never took time to think about it but I don't think it would bother me. Besides, I don't know what the odds are of it happening. Anyway, even if it did, no way the umpiring could be as bad as Eric Gregg in the 1997 NLCS.

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Was watching the Cubs/Snakes game Wednesday afternoon and Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper, with Galarraga on the mound, brought up the Joyce call that cost Galarraga a perfect game.

Kasper wondered if you could have Joyce behind the plate for a game with Galarraga on the mound at any point in the future. He brought up "integrity of the game" and whether Joyce would be inclined to give Galarraga too many calls.

I guess I had never took time to think about it but I don't think it would bother me. Besides, I don't know what the odds are of it happening. Anyway, even if it did, no way the umpiring could be as bad as Eric Gregg in the 1997 NLCS.

Dunno, the Meier game was pretty bad.

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Generally, I think it might be a bad idea, but character wise, from what I've heard about both of them, I don't think it should be an issue. Joyce is a guy who had a reputation of getting almost every call right, and he got one of the highest profile calls of his career wrong, and will forever be marred by that. Aside from that one mistake, he was one of the best umps in the game, so I trust him.

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Galarraga and Joyce have a book coming out in June that they wrote with Daniel Paisner. MLB a few months ago said they would look into whether they should keep Joyce from umpiring Galarraga's games, since the two of them now have a financial relationship.

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