Baseball will never be the same again. After first-base umpire Jim Joyce robbed Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game and the sport of legitimacy, comprehensive instant replay became inevitable. The human element of baseball, captured at both its worst and finest during this unfortunate episode, will give ground to cold technology.
The commissioner's office can't avoid it now. More than 1,200 games a year will be damaged, their pace always in jeopardy of bogging down, to prevent a single moment like the one that occurred in Detroit on Wednesday night.