This would not be your run of the mill minor league signing if not for one aspect. Get to that in a bit.
Galarraga is more known as having a perfect game taken from him by a dreadful call by umpire Jim Joyce. (You can see a still of the play here.) After the game, Joyce admitted that he “kicked the sh*t out” of the call and he “cost that kid a perfect game”. More known was how gracious Galarrga was stating that “nobody’s perfect”. Galarraga would deliver the Tigers lineup card the following game…with Joyce being the home plate umpire.
And much changed for both with that blown call. An ESPYs appearance. A book they co-authored. And an MLB edict stating Joyce could not work any series where Galarraga’s team plays.
Is it safe to say Joyce could keep any plans in tact that involve coming to Cincinnati?
Irony can be cruel.
Here’s Galarraga’s journey since his days in a Tigers uniform…
- January 24, 2011: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kevin Eichhorn (minors) and Ryan Robowski (minors).
- September 30, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
- January 18, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
- April 6, 2012: Released by the Baltimore Orioles.
- May 21, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros.
Galarraga did pitch in five games for the Houston Astros last season (all starts) compiling a record of 0-4 with an ERA of 6.75 with a WHIP of 1.917.
UPDATE (1/22/13 @ 12:53PM ET): This has been confirmed by Mark Sheldon.