Three- count 'em - three perfect games in the same season.
And make no mistake about it, Armando Galarraga's start Wednesday night against Cleveland was a perfect game. I believe it will - eventually - be given that distinction by MLB.
Look, Jim Joyce blew the call. He admitted it, and even Jason Donald, who hit the ball, says he was out. The game can't be protested since the Tigers won...but the book can be changed.
It's been changed before, and there's no reason to believe they can't do it again. You're not aware of any changes? Let me enlighten you.
Prior to 1991, if a pitcher pitched an official game and allowed no hits, it was considered a no-hitter. Five innings constituted an official game, and there were a bunch of rain-shortened no-hitters on the books. They were stricken from the books as official no-hitters, though they were still counted as wins and complete games for the pitchers.
All but one game in which pitchers allowed no hits but lost the game were also taken out of the books, since they usually meant no bottom of the ninth, and therefore only 8 innings pitched. Andy Hawkins and Matt Young lost no-hitters in the early 90's, and they're off the books. Houston's Ken Johnson lost a 9-inning no-hitter in 1964, and he's still in the book.
The most egregious record change, in my opinion, occurred on September 30, 1939. The Philadelphia A's inserted 19-year old Elmer Valo into a game against the Senators, and he drew a walk. Later, manager Connie Mack asked the game's official scorer, legendary scribe Red Smith, to remove Valo's name from the box score since Valo had not yet signed a standard player's contract, and the A's might be fined for using an ineligible player. Smith did as he was asked, and Valo was thus deprived of becoming a 4-decade player (he played into 1961). Some time later Smith attempted to set the record straight, but was rebuffed by MLB, which constitutes a tacit approval.
When the Browns used little person Eddie Gaedel as a pinch-hitter in 1951, AL President Will Harridge attempted to strike his name from the record books, but was talked out of it. The point is, he could've done it.
Commissioner Selig's statement commending the Tigers and the umpiring crew for their magnanimous behavior never says he's not changing it at some point, though many fans - and media - have made that assumption. I don't believe the integrity of the game will be harmed by giving Galarraga his due. It doesn't change the game's outcome, any more than re-inserting Valo's name into that 1939 box score would. In no way would I advocate that every bad call in the game's history be reviewed and reversed. That's a ridiculous premise.
I spent 5 seasons, 1991 through 1995, as an official scorer in the American League. When the letter arrives confirming your appointment as a scorer, it stresses that if you have replay availability, you need to use it to get your calls - hit or error - correct. Why should this be any different? We're not talking balls and strikes, we're talking about safe or out, fair or foul, in or out of the park.
Let's give the Commissioner a month or two and see what he comes up with.