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By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
Alomar sympathizes with Joyce
DETROIT -- Nobody had a better view of the so-called infield single that broke up Armando Galarraga's bid for perfection than Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr.And though Alomar could clearly tell that Jason Donald was out on the play at first, he could sympathize with umpire Jim Joyce, who will go down in history as the guy who plundered (and blundered) perfection. "The thing that might have caused him to miss that call was the fact that Galarraga's foot was covering the view from Donald," Alomar said. "So right there, you kind of lose your depth perception. His whole leg was covering the lane, so [Joyce] didn't know if [Donald's] foot was stretched out or back here. That's the way I saw it. Obviously, the guy was out. But that can happen." Alomar said he views Joyce as one of his favorite and most respected umpires in the game. "Not all of us in the world get put in the position to make those calls," Alomar said. "They are the ones who do it. Everybody can criticize, but look at yourself and say, 'When do I have to make a decision like this?' We're human. We make mistakes."
Acta against expanding replay
DETROIT -- Manny Acta is not afraid to share his opinions."That's why I moved to America the beautiful," said Acta, a Dominican native with dual-citizenship. And Acta is particularly opinionated when it comes to instant replay. He's in favor of baseball's human element, and not just because that human element prevented his Tribe team from being subjected to an Armando Galarraga perfect game on Wednesday night. "I think it's great how we have [replay] on the home runs, because every new stadium nowadays is built like a pinball machine, and we, for some reason, feel fans need to be on top of the action," Acta said. "It's tough for the umpires and the human eye to determine whether a ball is out or in. "Other than that? No. I don't want to take the human element out of the game. We have played baseball this long without it. I'm not for it. I don't want to turn baseball into a football game where you have to throw a flag on the field." Acta said more replay could encourage a certain laziness on the part of the umps, who would be let off the hook by technology. "Studies show that [the umps] are very good," Acta said. "Umpires are just like third-base coaches. A team can score 800 runs, and the third-base coach is only noticed when somebody gets thrown out at the plate. Umpires are the same way. They can go a week without missing a call. As soon as they do, it gets watched over and over and over."
Kearns reacts to Griffey's retirement
DETROIT -- A smile creeps across Austin Kearns' face when he remembers playing alongside Ken Griffey Jr. in Cincinnati. Because as anybody who has played with or worked alongside Junior can attest, to know him is to smile."He always had fun," Kearns said of Griffey, who announced his retirement on Wednesday. "He's a big kid. It definitely rubbed off on everybody else." Kearns got an early exposure to Griffey's personality in his rookie season of 2002. "We had an off-day, and him and [Barry Larkin] took me and Adam [Dunn] to their house," Kearns recalled. "They lived in the same neighborhood, and it was connected by a lake. I was told to get one of the jet skis and go to Junior's house and fill it up with gas. "Well, little did I know it had maybe a drop of gas in it, so I was about halfway there and it just stopped. They left me out on the middle of the lake on this jet ski for about an hour, soaking wet. I get back, and I only had one change of clothes. All my dry clothes, they had put on. So I didn't have any change of clothes after sitting in the water for an hour." Baseball must have become a little less fun for Junior this year. He was batting just .184 for the Mariners and playing sporadically. "I think he was obviously ready [to retire]," Kearns said. "I'm happy for him, in that regard. Family means a lot to him, so I'm happy for him. The thing with him is when he was ready, he was going to do it."
Manny Acta had nothing but laudatory things to say about Jim Joyce, who became something of a villain after his blown call Wednesday night. "Jim is what an umpire should be," Acta said. "If I have to pick an All-Star crew to umpire every single game that I manage, Jim Joyce would be on it. He's good, he's fair, he's friendly, and he's courteous. It's just unfortunate that he had to be in the middle of this." ... The last time the Indians were held to one hit, prior to Wednesday, was when the Tigers' Jair Jurrjens and three relievers restrained them on Aug. 21, 2007. The last complete-game one-hitter against the Indians was tossed by the late Cory Lidle for the A's on Aug. 21, 2002. The Indians have never had a perfect game tossed against them in their 110-year history. ... Ken Griffey Jr. ended his career with 38 homers against the Tribe, his second-highest homer total against any club (Minnesota, 42). ... For more on the Tribe, check out the CastroTurf blog at http://castrovince.mlblogs.com.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.