Boston Red Sox monster David Ortiz now only needs 937 hits to reach 3,000 after he successfully appealed to MLB to reverse the error that allowed him to reach first base in Yu Darvish's near no-hitter last Friday.
Ortiz officially broke up the no-hitter with a single through the right side with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. It was his at bat in the seventh inning that was keeping him up at night.
What David Ortiz needs is job security. We are talking about a player who has been in Major League Baseball for 18 years, has multiple World Series rings with the Red Sox, owns that bleeping city, and he has made more than $130 million. This single should make a big difference.
In the seventh inning, Ortiz hit a high pop up that fell between Rangers right fielder Alex Rios and second baseman Rougned Odor. Neither player touched the ball; a play like this is usually ruled a hit.
To the eye ball, however, an error could have been put on Rios. It was his ball, and he screwed up. Long time Rangers offiical scorer Steve Weller handed Rios the error, which kept Yu's no hitter alive.
Did Weller call this an error because he was the home scorer and the home pitcher was dealing a no-no? We will never know for sure, but that is a safe bet. Awarding an error is often subjective, and a strong case can be made Rios deserved one.
The Baseball Gestapo, however, did not agree. Neither did Ortiz, who appealed the ruling to MLB, which today reversed Weller's call to a hit.
Players, as well as batting and pitching coaches, often appeal to either official scorer's or the league to reverse rulings for obvious reasons - it can affect ERAs, batting averages, which can affect the bottom line. But for Ortiz to do this considering what he has compiled, both numbers and money wise, is ... surprising.
Yu Darvish instead now allowed two hits to the Red Sox that night, and the 38-year-old Ortiz is that much closer to 3,000 hits.
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