Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has a golden opportunity to repair his image that has been torn and tattered by numerous critics.
With one wave of the wand he can win the hearts of most fans and critics who have questioned his resolve and ability to stand up and make tough decisions.
He can also make things right for Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga, who was robbed of a perfect game and moment in history on a blown call with two outs in the ninth inning against Cleveland Wednesday night.
After seeing his call on video tape, umpire Jim Joyce admitted he was wrong calling Cleveland’s Jason Donald safe at first. He hit a grounder to first baseman Miguel Cabrera and Galarraga got over to first and caught the ball before Donald stepped on the bag.
“I just cost that kid a perfect game,” Joyce told reporters after the game.
However, this can be fixed and it should. We have waivers for this and waivers for that! Isn’t the 2014 Super Bowl being played in New York because of a waiver about cold weather cities playing host to the game.
Selig has the power to reverse the call, but if that responsibility is too much for him to handle he can intercede and say a waiver is needed. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the only thing to do and few would argue considering the magnitude of the issue.
It doesn’t change who won the game and gives Galarraga his deserved place in history.
Bud it’s time to act! Unless you want to go down in history as the baseball commissioner who helped rob Galarraga of his perfect game.