But not so fast my friend.
The plays were similar but there is one enormous difference overlooked in this train of thought:
The Denkinger call happened with zero outs, not two. In fact, there was only one out when the winning run scored. Anyone comparing the two plays, just because they were both wrong, is being idiotic and lazy. Here's how the inning played out:
Jorge Orta reaches base via the blown call
Steve Balboni singled
Jim Sundberg tried to sacrifice the runners but failed miserably, Orta is thrown out at 3rd
After a passed ball Hal McRae is intentionally walked
Dane Iorg then comes through with the biggest hit of his life
Now then, the only out was a failed sacrifice so it takes a pretty broad assumption to suggest that the Cardinals would've won if the call had been correctly, because we just don't know. Also there was one more game to play so the Cardinals still could have won the series, had they showed up. I think many people remember this call taking place with two outs in game 7 but that clearly is not when it happened.
If the Joyce call spurs MLB into enacting replay then in my opinion it will be worth it (but I'm not a Tigers fan or related to Galarraga). I've read a few suggestions on the best way to incorporate it but here's how I'd like to see it:
- All plays but balls and strikes would be subject to review.
- Each manager gets to review one play (right or wrong) per game, so they would need to use it wisely.
- If a call is not overturned the manager who requested the review is ejected, there has to be a consequence for being wrong.
- The 9th inning and beyond all close plays are reviewed automatically.
I know the puritan police will fly into an uproar but come on, this isn't your grandfathers national pasttime. Expansion, the DH, interleague play, and the importance of the all-star game has made this a decidedly different game than was played 50 years ago. That's just fact. And if replay adds a few minutes to a game, so be it, better that calls are right.
Technology exists to make the games better, MLB would be wise to use it.