Honorable Umpire: Jim Joyce (66)
Jim Joyce is the Umpire Fantasy League's 2010 Honorable Umpire of the Year. In his 24th Major League Baseball umpiring season, finished with zero ejections. Notably, Joyce was one of the central figures involved in Tigers pitcher Armando's Gallaraga's one hit shutout on June 2
. With two outs in the top of the 9th inning of the Indians-Tigers game, Joyce ruled Indians shortstop Jason Donald safe at first place, which effectively ended Gallaraga's no hitter and perfect game with one out to go. Though initial UEFL analysis suggested replays were inconclusive as to the Quality of Correctness for this call (the UEFL does not routinely rule on Quality of Correctness for plays which do not result in ejection), Joyce immediately and unequivocally admitted his blown call upon his video review of the play immediately following the game in the Umpire's dressing room. Many analysts have cited the sportsmanship displayed by Gallaraga and Joyce as the take-away moment of the 2010 season. Joyce won the Honorable Umpire nomination this postseason in landslide fashion, with most voters citing the Gallaraga incident as singular evidence of Joyce's deserving of this award. According to one anonymous poster, Joyce is rumored to have refused a playoff assignment this year because of his error on June 2. Joyce finished the 2009 season with three ejections. Joyce was the 2009 UEFL Umpire of the Year
Jim Joyce (66) now has 1 point in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League.
Jim Joyce is owned as a Secondary Umpire by yaw4god_emt
, who is now in 3rd place in the UEFL with 29 points.
The next postseason award, Noteworthy Umpire, will be released this afternoon.