Touch 'Em All: MLB's final ruling: No no-no for Dickey

Even Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey thought going through appeals was an iffy way to get a no-hitter. CHRIS O'MEARA / AP
Even Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey thought going through appeals was an iffy way to get a no-hitter. CHRIS O'MEARA / AP
Posted: June 16, 2012

The Mets' R.A. Dickey will just have to be satisfied with having the best stats in the bigs: 10-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

Major League Baseball on Friday upheld an official scorer's ruling that denied the knuckleballer a no-hitter in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Rays.

Dickey surrendered just one hit: to B.J. Upton, who reached in the first inning on a high-chopper that third baseman David Wright tried to grab with his bare hand.

Mets manager Terry Collins had asked that Wright be charged with an error, thereby preserving the second no-hitter in club history.

"We had a shot at a no-hitter, my pitcher never had a no-hitter, so you give it a shot," Collins told reporters Friday. "That's the process. We didn't win it. We didn't expect to win it."

Wright said it was "a little awkward when the team wants an error on its own player."

Collins disagreed.

"It wasn't awkward at all. David normally makes that play," he said. "It's no slap at David."

On Thursday, Dickey expressed some misgivings about the appeal. "It would be weird," Dickey said. "I don't know if it would be quite as satisfying. I think the asterisk beside the no-hitter would get more attention than the no-hitter."

We think he makes a lot of sense.

Harper, Trout write-in is reporting that fans in Los Angeles and Washington are trying to stuff the all-star ballot box with a write-in campaign for the Angels' Mike Trout and the Nationals' Bryce Harper.

The two rookie outfielders aren't on the ballot - and truth be told their numbers are not quite up there with the leading vote-getters - but that's not deterring fans, who have history on their side. (In 1974, a write-in campaign powered Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey into the all-star starting lineup.)

But this year, Trout will have a long way to catch the three leading AL outfielders: the Rangers' Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz and the Yankees' Curtis Granderson.

And Harper would have to get past the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran, and the Brewers' Ryan Braun.

Like we said, that's some tough competition.

Still, the two youngsters have some impressive numbers: Through his first 41 games in the bigs, the 19-year-old Harper is hitting .303 with seven homers and 19 RBIs. Also, he has eight doubles and four triples and has scored 30 runs.

Trout, a multisport star from Millville, is batting .341 through 41 games, with six homers and 26 RBIs. He has scored 35 runs and leads the AL with 16 steals in 19 attempts.

Manny is free

Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after he asked the Oakland Athletics to release him and the team granted his request.

Ramirez signed a minor-league deal with Oakland on Feb. 20 and hit .302 with 14 RBIs in 17 games with triple-A Sacramento. He served a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy last year, but remained in the minors when the ban ended on May 30.

This report contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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