Rays scorekeeper welcomes Mets' appeal
The official scorekeeper whose ruling separated knuckleballer R.A. Dickey from a no-hitter Wednesday night said he welcomes an appeal by the Mets.
The morning after Dickey's mesmerizing one-hit, 9-1 victory against the Rays, the Mets formally appealed scorekeeper Bill Mathews' ruling on B.J. Upton's first-inning single down the third-base line. Third baseman David Wright, who futilely tried to barehand the ball, said afterward "if they want to go back and give me an error, they can do that."
Mathews, baseball coach at Eckerd College the last 22 seasons and a Rays scorekeeper since 2004, made the ruling within seconds of the play. He reiterated Thursday he had no doubt it was a hit.
"I don't really have a lot of comment because we don't do it for the controversy," Mathews said.
"It's their prerogative to appeal. We just want to get it right and if they want to appeal, that's awesome. They'll do that and Joe (Torre, MLB's executive vice-president for baseball operations) will take a look at it and he'll either uphold it or change it."
Mets manager Terry Collins said he expects to get a ruling on the appeal by Friday, though he acknowledged the chances of getting it overturned at 5 percent.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer