In 2010, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga should have been awarded a perfect game — but umpire Jim Joyce missed the call. With two outs at the top of the ninth inning, a ground ball to the right side was going to be close, but it appeared to everyone that the Tigers had secured the perfect game for their pitcher.
However, the runner was called safe at first despite overwhelming evidence showing that he was out. This permanently kept Galarraga’s name out of the record books, while Joyce, knowing he botched the call, had an emotional return when he next umpired a Tigers game.
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The annual mass exodus at Kentucky will be even more extreme than usual this year, as the Wildcats will have to replace a pair of senior contributors and (potentially) a sophomore starter in addition to their star freshmen. John Calipari will reload with three elite freshman big men to go along with new point guard Quade Green. UK is also in on a couple of the top unsigned players from the 2017 class, including top 10 players Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox.
History shows that picking them any lower than this is pretty foolish. Bill Self is losing the National Player of the Year in Frank Mason as well as freshman star Josh Jackson, but there are also a lot of smaller pieces from the 2016-17 Big 12 champions that are coming back. Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman, a former five-star recruit, should help cushion the blow of Mason’s departure.
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