Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Official Scoring

Since we've been attending ballgames together, Peter and I have always been intrigued by official scoring decisions. There are many plays that we feel are errors but are then ruled base hits. In addition, we feel that a ball that drops between three players because no one calls it should be an error on all three. When an umpire blows a call - E Umpire. And when the crowd does something in appropriate, such as doing the strikeout clap when the home team is batting - E Fans.

At tonight's Twins game there was definitely a mistake by the official scorer. Luis Castillo hit a chopper back to the mound, Daniel Cabrera reached for the ball but pulled his glove down too early and the ball glanced off the fingers towards second base. It was an easy play for Cabrera and Castillo would have been thrown out had Cabrera fielded the ball cleanly. And the official scorer gave Castillo a base hit! There wasn't even any hesitation. The judgement flashed on the scoreboard immediately.

I fell that official scorers should be more liberal with the E's and more stingy with the base hits.

Tonight's Results:

Twins 3, Orioles 2 (Twins now 2-0)
Brewers 4, Dodgers 3 (Brew Crew also 2-0)
Reds off

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