KANSAS CITY -- A day after umpire Jim Joyce's blown call made its way into Major League Baseball infamy, the Angels reflected on the monumental play.
After an incorrect safe call at first base with two outs in the ninth inning ended Detroit's Armando Galarraga's perfect game on Wednesday night, Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen spoke out on the missed call.
"That's tough," Jepsen said. "I've never seen anything like it. It's just a close play. ... You would've liked to see him get the perfect game, but today they were showing guys that have had perfect games and lost them, so that's why you have to get all 27 [outs.] That's why not many guys get perfect games."
Joyce's mistake has unleashed an outcry for instant replay to be expanded in the Major Leagues, but Jepsen isn't buying into it.
"Luckily, that's not a decision I have to make," Jepsen said about expanding instant replay. "I don't think so, though. The replay with the home runs, you don't mind it because it's not like it happens every game. [But] I think if you start asking for instant replay during the game for this and that, then you're just going to slow down the game and get guys out of their rhythm."
Manager Mike Scioscia is another who stands against instant replay.
"I think there are too many plays that are close that could possibly be up for review," Scioscia said. "I think it would become dysfunctional if you put [review] in there any more than it already is."
As tough as it is to swallow, Scioscia said that missed calls are just a part of baseball.
"Jim's a good umpire," Scioscia said. "He admitted he missed the call, and I think by replays it was pretty obvious, but that's all part of the package."