I have a question for all the official MLB scorers out there. Do you know what an error is? Seriously, it’s annoying when a player bobbles a ball or deflects a line drive and the batter is awarded a hit.
I have a question for all the official MLB scorers out there.
Do you know what an error is?
Seriously, it’s annoying when a player bobbles a ball or deflects a line drive and the batter is awarded a hit.
Well, I’ve got news for you Mr. Official Scorer, you’re wrong.
I don’t know what these guys are trying to pull when they put up a hit instead of an error, but they’re looking dumb. Especially when the broadcasters are criticizing the determination.
Now I don’t know what the requirements are to be an official MLB scorer, or scorer in any league for that matter — but I really do hope there’s some kind of test or course the scorers have to take before they achieve their title. At the very least, they should be taking some kind of oath because some of the errors not being recorded are benefiting the players.
I don’t care how good you are or what your name is, if you commit an error, it’s an error.
Several times this year players have juggled the ball, had it deflect off their glove and in some instances overthrown the ball wildly. All are obvious errors to the people in the crowd, to the fans at home and to everyone who watches baseball religiously. But for whatever reason, the official scorers have awarded some of those situations to the hits column instead of an the error column.
Since when is a misplayed ball not an error? Since when is it a hit when an infielder drops the ball allowing the runner to reach base?
That’s not baseball.
If you ask me, it’s just wrong.
Official scorers should have some kind of Hippocratic oath, promising to give the correct call on each play.
Dominic Genetti writes for the Hannibal Courier-Post.