Published November 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major League Baseball needs to consider using more instant replays, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday after an umpire's blown call cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game last week.
"I think that baseball is going to have to take a look at what football and basketball already decided, which is replay may in some cases be appropriate," Obama said in an interview on NBC television's "Today Show."
But Obama, a big sports fan, said he supported baseball commissioner Bud Selig's decision not to retroactively award Galarraga a perfect game.
Umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly called a baserunner safe at first base with two outs in the ninth inning of the game between the Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. The correct call would have given Galarraga Major League Baseball's 21st perfect game.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina. Editing by Miles Evans)