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Dan Schlossberg’s Weekend Report: Ortiz is off-base about official scorers

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David Ortiz, Boston hero and future Hall of Famer, may intimidate opposing pitchers but has no business intimidating official scorers.

Although he is the unquestioned leader of Red Sox Nation, the Dominican slugger ran far out of the basepaths when he suggested that scoring decisions should favor the home team.

In fact, it took an edict by MLB executive Joe Torre, a former player and manager himself, to tell Ortiz to shut up. “Official scorers should never give any benefit of the doubt to the home team,” said Torre, one of six men scheduled to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next month.

David Ortiz got into trouble with MLB when he popped off about official scorers

David Ortiz got into trouble with MLB when he popped off about official scorers

The trouble started when Ortiz called the Boston pressbox after the scorer ruled a ball he hit was an error rather than a hit. Rather than lose a point or two off his batting average, Ortiz decided it would be a better idea to tarnish his image as a member of the defending world champions.

Big Papi has plenty of clout because of his size and contributions on the field but he does not have the power to control what should be an objective decision.

The problem is that most official scorers are local newspaper guys who are partial to the home team anyway — even if they are supposed to be objective.

Letting beat writers earn an extra $50 a game to be official scorers makes as much sense as letting fans vote 25 times each for the All-Star lineups.

For years, an argument has raged within baseball about hiring neutral scorers rather than giving the jobs to beat writers who write about the teams and players they’re judging. The conflict of interest is painfully obvious — to all but David Ortiz.

As the top designated hitter in baseball history, Ortiz will find his way to Cooperstown some day. Here’s hoping that he’ll also find some humility before he steps to the podium on that hallowed ground.

Elsewhere around the majors:

Toronto’s rebound from an 8-0 deficit at Cincinnati Friday night was its biggest since it overcame a 10-run hole to beat Boston in a 12-inning game in 1989 . . .

Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, now leading the majors with 22 home runs, should draw strong consideration as an All-Star starter . . .

Beltran's elbow pain must have vanished before he crushed a game-winning homer Friday night Image Credit: Bill Menzel

Beltran’s elbow pain must have vanished before he crushed a game-winning homer Friday night
Image Credit: Bill Menzel

After delivering a ninth-inning homer to beat Baltimore at Yankee Stadium Friday night, Carlos Beltran can stop answering questions about his elbow problem . . .

With nothing to lose, there’s a still a good chance the Chicago Cubs will promote 42-year-old Manny Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa before the summer is over . . .

The Detroit Tigers enjoyed a double-Martinez lunch Friday when home runs by Victor and J.D. Martinez defeated the Indians in Cleveland, 6-4 . . .

Although they are 24-7 in their last 31 games against the rival Washington Nationals, the Atlanta Braves are concerned about Craig Kimbrel’s lack of command this season . . .

Want a Putz in your bullpen? The Arizona Diamondbacks have designated J.J. Putz for assignment . . .

Another struggling reliever, Jason Grilli, has been demoted from his closer’s role by the Pittsburgh Pirates even after making the NL All-Star team last year . . .

Even David Wright (Mets) knows the NL’s All-Star third baseman should be New Jersey native Todd Frazier (Reds) . . .

When they reach the Hall of Fame gallery in July, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox will be in good company, trailing only Connie Mack and John McGraw as the winningest managers in baseball history . . .

Bobby Cox ranks fourth on the career wins list for managers

Bobby Cox ranks fourth on the career wins list for managers

Among the things Lou Gehrig did that Babe Ruth didn’t: hit four home runs in a game . . .

The Yankees will mark the 75th anniversary of Gehrig’s “Luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech before their game on July 2. The team will wear a special uniform patch and distribute a Gehrig bobblehead.

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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