More rookie madness from FanGraphs.
Jimmy Solomon: worst week ever? Or not?
Rob Neyer goes to his mailbox. Thankfully, he talks sense on the bogus perfect game/pine tar game analogies:
From the “Dear Rob” files …
Re: Galarraga — Has anyone brought up the Pine Tar game? It seems that set the precedent for the Commissioner’s Office to be able to change a mistake by the umpires. They nullified the final inning and replayed the end of the game months later. Selig could have done the same thing here … only nullify the 28th out and reinstate the perfecto.
It’s not really the same thing. In the Case of the Sticky Tar, the Royals lodged a protest regarding the umpire’s interpretation of a rule. The American League office ruled in their favor, and you know the rest. But I don’t believe that league officials have ever, in the history of the major leagues, overruled an umpire’s judgment call, for the simple reason that no protest was, or can be, lodged.
They’re just different things. Or they always have been, anyway.
An explanation of how the Wally Backman-explosion video circulating on the internet came to be from Mets Today.
Jack Moore of FanGraphs sees trouble ahead for the good ship Johan.