A notorious blown call evidently has not cost Jim Joyce the respect of players around baseball.
According to a poll conducted by Sports Illustrated and a report from CBS Sports, big leaguers voted Joyce the best umpire in the Major Leagues -- by a wide margin. He took 35 percent of the vote, followed by Tim McClelland (18 percent), Jim Wolf (7 percent), Laz Diaz (6 percent) and Joe West (5 percent).
According to the CBS report, the poll was conducted in Spring Training and surveyed 237 players.
Joyce gained notoriety and widespread publicity when he missed a call at first base in June of last season, costing Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. Joyce received just as much attention following the incident for the manner in which he accepted responsibility, and the two moved forward. They've since written a book together on the subject.
ESPN also conducted a similar poll in 2010, asking players about the best and worst umpires in the game (it was done after the Galarraga incident) and, again, Joyce was voted best in baseball.