MLB denies Mets’ appeal for Dickey no-hitter
Nice try, Mets. It’s not a no-hitter.
Major League Baseball denied the team’s appeal of an official
scoring decision during R.A. Dickey’s one-hitter at Tampa Bay. The
knuckleballer allowed only an infield single Wednesday night, and
New York asked the commissioner’s office to review the play and
consider whether third baseman David Wright should have been
charged with an error on B.J. Upton’s hit.
The Mets said Friday the appeal was turned down, just as they
”Just took a shot at it,” manager Terry Collins said.
”Thought R.A. deserved a shot. It was no slam at David.”
Dickey did not ask the Mets to appeal, but said he appreciated
”I’m fairly relieved that it ended up the way it did,” said
Dickey, explaining that there would have been ”an asterisk by it
bigger than the no-hitter itself.”
The speedy Upton hit a high bouncer in the first inning that
Wright was unable to field with his bare hand. The play was ruled a
hit, and after the game Collins said the Mets would appeal.
MLB can overturn official scoring decisions if it believes a
mistake was made.
A ruling in their favor could have given the Mets their second
no-hitter in two weeks – albeit an awkward one – after going more
than 50 seasons without one. Johan Santana held St. Louis hitless
on June 1, the first no-hitter in the franchise’s 51-year
”We took advantage of the process,” Collins said. ”You can do
it, so we gave it a shot. We didn’t win it. We didn’t expect to win
it. Just gave it a try. If we had won it, we’ve got another
no-hitter. We don’t have to wait another 50 years.”