Sunday, August 31, 2008

No Hits - One Error

Apparently the Brewers are petitioning Major League Baseball to change the scoring ruling in today's game that cost CC Sabathia a no-hitter - Ned Yost being the most vocal complainer about the ruling. I find that to be immature, petty, and shortsighted.

The goal right now is to win ball games. You can't allow individual accomplishments to distract from that. A no-hitter by Sabathia gets the Brewers no closer to the playoffs than a one-hitter. Yost's ranting like he did after today's game shows a complete lack of focus. Once again, he appears distracted from the big picture.

Besides that, even if the call is reversed, I'd have a huge problem calling that game a no-hitter. There's no telling how the game would have played out from that point on. The pressure of carrying a no-hitter into the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings completely changes the atmosphere of the game. It changes the batter's and pitcher's states of mind, changes the defense, changes the pitch selection, perhaps even changes how the umpires are calling the game. Playing through those things are part of the accomplishment of a no-hitter.

Accept the game for what it was - another great game by Sabathia and another win. Drop the appeal and move on. There are bigger fish to fry.

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