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Two weeks later, Christian Yelich loses three-hit debut

Aug 9, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

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A scoring change from the July 26 Marlins-Rockies game came down on Friday, costing Christian Yelich his third hit from his major league debut.

Yelich’s third single of the game was a hard grounder at a drawn-in D.J. LeMahieu playing second base. The ball handcuffed LaMehieu and bounced over his shoulder, though LeMahieu was able to pick it back up and turn it into a close play at first base. On Friday, it was changed to an error on LeMahieu instead of single.

Now, it’s hardly unique for error decisions to be overturned on appeal a couple of weeks after the fact, but this is still a pretty odd one. It was definitely a tough play for LeMahieu, and I’m guessing the majority of official scorers would have given Yelich a hit on it. But it’s really surprising anyone felt the need to appeal in the first place, given that the play didn’t lead to any additional earned/unearned runs. Jose Fernandez did score on the grounder, but the error isn’t going to assume he would have been thrown out at home and change that run to unearned. Giancarlo Stanton followed it by lining into a double play, so no additional runs scored. Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin sees his ERA remain unchanged by the decision.

So, yes, it a minor event and not really worth griping about. But I don’t see why MLB felt the need to overturn this one.

Here is the Yelich highlight clip from the game. The hit/error in question starts at the 30-second mark.

  1. flamethrower101 - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    “But I don’t see why MLB felt the need to overturn this one.”

    Frankly I don’t get anything MLB does anymore. The sooner Bud Selig retires the sooner things can return to order.

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      A. A violent order is disorder; and
      B. A great disorder is an order. These
      Two things are one. (Pages of illustrations.)

      – Wallach Stevens

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        That is one of the great freudian typos of all time.

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Tim will be there?

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Or good old “When the rope gets tight around your neck you can really feel the Devil Bite Your Ass” Eli?

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Wallace Stevens.

        Edit function!
        Edit function!

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        I am utterly fucking delighted – you have no idea. Gloss on brother.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I demand a statue of limitations on meaningless scoring changes – may it be so collectively bargained.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Which only goes to show that (a) everything Scrooge McLoria touches turns to excrement eventually and (b) there are perhaps fewer idiots among the official scorers than there are among the umpires, but they are there, nonetheless.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Fortunately the official scorer idiots only have the power of the pen – they can’t throw everyone out like Country Joe and his No Fish.

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        He hides in a skybox concealed on a shelf
        Behind volumes of ledgers glorifying himself
        While the Chihuahua barks platitudes like some tiny elf
        Knowing that it’s hard to lure
        Fans in groups of two or more…..

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        Eli is my second favorite Wallach, for the record. /thinks better of emoticon

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        When you gotta shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.

        Where is the man who rides thees horse? He has blonde hair, he smokes a ceegar, and he’s a peeg.

        And Mrs. Reardon says he’s got a brother somewhere who will never turn you down for a bowl of soup….

        Oops, a little genre confusion there….

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        /smiles – “Were you gonna die alone?”

        /goes to hunt Angel Eyes

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