On Friday night, Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was one out away from a no-hitter. David Ortiz broke up Darvish’s bid at history with a single through the shift, and Darvish came oh so close once again. But earlier in the game, Darvish had set down the first 20 hitters in a row and forced Ortiz to pop up for what looked like the final out of the seventh inning. However, the ball fell between Rangers right fielder Alex Rios and second baseman Rougned Odor. Instead of being ruled a hit, it was ruled an error.
Naturally, on MLB Tonight, Harold Reynolds went ballistic after the scoring decision was made.
“That’s the worst ruling in Major League Baseball history.”
That’s right – an error call in the seventh inning of an 8-0 game is the worst ruling in MLB history, according to the “award winning” Harold Reynolds. To hell with all of the terrible calls that actually affected the outcome of games!
It’s also hilarious that Reynolds is going on and on about it being a judgment call when he has consistently used the “human element” argument for years against things like instant replay. Shouldn’t Reynolds be content that this judgment call is an example of baseball being an imperfect game?
And now, the official scorer (who *always* will err on the side of the home team in situations like this) makes a decision about something that really is nothing but a piece of trivia, and it’s the worst call in the history of baseball? Isn’t this series of events what Reynolds’ “old school” philosophy is all about?
Baseball fans will have a lot to look forward to with Reynolds replacing Tim McCarver this year at Fox.