A good baseball umpire is one whom nobody notices. His job is to labor in the background and make accurate calls amid pressure situations that occur in fractions of a second. He is expected to know the rule book and must desire to make fair and authoritative calls at all times.

Major League Baseball Umpire Jim Joyce had the misfortune of being more than merely noticed last month. He was brought to the forefront after his split-second call at first base between base runner Jason Donald and first baseman Miguel Cabrera cost Detroit Tigers Pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

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