Home plate umpire Jim Joyce, left, shakes hands with Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga while handing the lineup card on the field before the Detroit Tigers-Cleveland Indians MLB baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, June 3, 2010. Galarraga lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on a disputed call at first base by Joyce on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The Texas Rangers signed a memorable name to a minor-league contract earlier this week, but his name isn't a memorable one for a reason he's happy about.
It's not that Armando Galarraga got in trouble off the field or anything like that. He didn't even get in trouble on the field. He was flat-out cheated out of a perfect game and then famously was apologized to by a distraught first-base umpire Jim Joyce and was ever-so-gracious in the following days despite being cheated out of history.
Galarraga was never a star before that night, and since that night he's been anything but. He's just 5-16 since that night in 2010, and he spent all of 2013 in the minor leagues before signing with the Rangers this week without an invitation to big-league camp.
Galarraga made his big-league debut with the Rangers in 2007 when he made three appearances, one of which was a start. He then went to Detroit in 2008 and pitched for the Tigers for three seasons before going to Arizona in 2011 and Houston in 2012.