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MLB overrules the hit that broke up Jeremy Guthrie’s no-hitter

Aug 22, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

Eric Hosmer, Paul Konerko

It doesn’t matter much now, but the controversial Paul Konerko infield single that broke up Jeremy Guthrie‘s no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday is no more. MLB has ruled the play an error on Alcides Escobar.

As you may remember:

The slow-footed Konerko hit a grounder into the hole at short. Escobar grabbed it, but made a poor throw that bounced high off the dirt and well to the right of the bag at first base. Eric Hosmer was still in good position to make the scoop, but the ball bounced off his glove, and even though the game was in Kansas City, it was ruled an infield single.

Guthrie went on to allow back-to-back singles with two outs in the eighth inning, so the overturned call doesn’t mean much. All it really does is drop Konerko’s average from .315 to .312.

  1. sictransitchris - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Armando Galarraga shakes his head in confusion.

    • Glenn - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      I thought the same thing but this case is a hit or error scoring call, which can be changed after the fact. the other is an umpires call, which cannot be changed after a game is over.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM

        However Glenn, the commissioner could have stepped in and in the interest of fairness, reversed the admittedly bad call on what should have been the game’s final out. Some people fretted it would have started an avalanche of demands for other reversals, but this case was unique in MLB history and would have set a precedent only in the very unlikely event of another bad call on the 27th out of a perfect game.

    • dan1111 - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:38 AM

      I think the MLB should completely get out of this business of changing rulings after the fact. Yes, the scoring may be imperfect, but changing rulings later creates too many problems.

      What if the first batter of the game got a “hit” on a play that was clearly an error, then the pitcher gave up no more hits the rest of the way? For consistency, MLB should change this too–yet this doesn’t fit most peoples’ idea of a no-hitter. It would be a an accomplishment that the pitcher wasn’t even aware of at the time; he would face none of the pressure of the real thing.

      What if an obvious hit was ruled an error, preserving a no-hitter? Again, consistency would require you to change this as well. But no one would be able to stomach taking an accomplishment away after the fact, after all of the celebrations.

      This is all subjective anyway. It is better to just live with imperfect scoring.

  2. shaggytoodle - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    This reminds me that CC Sabathia would have had a no hitter while he was in Milwaukee if the score keeper wasn’t so stubborn about changing the scoring decision of a hit to an error.

    • uwsptke - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      No idea why that comment has so many thumbs down. He threw a one-hit shutout, with the lone hit coming when CC bobbled a comebacker and threw just late. Had he fielded it cleanly, the runner would be out but the scorekeeper refused to change (it happened early in the game if memory serves me right). But MLB wasn’t going to change it after the fact either.

      I can say with some certainty that MLB wouldn’t touch this ruling if Guthrie hadn’t allowed the clean singles later in the game.

  3. sabatimus - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    I guarantee you MLB wouldn’t have touched this if Guthrie hadn’t given up a bona fide hit later in the game.

    • jkcalhoun - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Ernie Koob thinks your guarantee is null and void.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        Ray Zalinski says it’s good.

    • bigleagues - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      You might be right, but I’m just glad they did something to set an example for how badly some official scoring is done these days.

      I said it under Matthew’s original post . . . that play was, by definition, a routine play and Escobar deserved an Error.

      Somewhere, however, Armando Galarraga is really pissed off.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        I can probably find that out for you, I have a bona-fide Galarraga Number of 2

  4. randygnyc - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Guthries approach might have been very different had he still been throwing the no no in the 8th.

    • stabonerichard - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Yes, someone had to say it. Each event/AB does not happen in a vacuum.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      So….he would have tried to get the batters out if it was a no-hitter?

      • dwrek5 - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        Don’t be difficult. Is it easier to pitch from the wind up and no one on or from the stretch with a guy on?

      • ThatGuy - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:10 AM

        But he still would have been in the Stretch with one on. It wasnt changed to an out, Konerko still got on base. It was changed to an error.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        Exactly what ThatGuy said.

  5. royalsfaninfargo - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Guthrie was pitching great and when the call was made on that play you could feel the air leave the stadium through the tv. What a shame.

  6. vallewho - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Leave it to MLB to do things backwards.
    Let us NOT correct obvious and meaningful plays, some of historic significance, but let’s go and correct a play that is meaningless and no one remembers. Most be in the best interest of the game…

  7. hisgirlgotburrelled - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    I thought this was a throwing error right away. He had 5 seconds to throw out Konerko. No bad hops, no diving or jumping.

  8. tuloisgod - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    You know, if MLB had overturned the 14 hits (and five runs) that Guthrie gave up to the Diamondbacks on June 23 when he was with the Rockies, he would have had a no-hitter through four innings, when he reached the inane 75-pitch limit imposed on starters by the Rockies.

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