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Bud Selig declines to reverse call, but WatchDog reverses his

Here is Davidoff's take on the replay in baseball thing.

Here is Rieber's take on the replay in baseball thing.

Here is my news story about the Jim Joyce thing.

Here is a list I put together of bad calls (and bad no-calls) from sports history.

Here is Herrmann with the Yankees' take on all this.

Here is Korn with LI umps' reaction.

The most lasting impact of the events of Wednesday night will be the expanded use of replay in baseball, a matter full of potential complications - not the least of which is the fact some teams' TV coverage is controlled by team-owned TV networks, including the Yankees and Mets.

But the shorter-term debate also was a fascinating one, and it became one of the hottest-button issues in America as Armando Galarraga's imperfecto leaked Thursday from the sports world into the unpredictable waters of the non-sports media.

Many people made a strong case for commissioner Bud Selig reversing Joyce's call and awarding Galarraga a retroactive perfect game.

Many others agreed with Selig that it would have set an impractical precedent.

After listening to both sides make good points - New York's two afternoon sports talk radio hosts took opposite positions, as did many sportswriters, fans and New York cabbies - and after coming down on the reverse-the-call side on Twitter Thursday, I have decided to reverse my own call and side with the "dangerous prececent" crowd.

Selig made the right call by sticking with Joyce's call but opening the door for more use of replay, as treacherous as that road will be.

Meanwhile, Galarraga and Joyce forever will be remembered and admired for the way in which they handled this difficult situation.

Well, that's that. Back to hockey . . .

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals averaged 3.6 million viewers, the highest figure for any program in Versus' 15-year history.


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