Major League Baseball asks David Ortiz to stop complaining


David Ortiz has had a lot to say the other day to the Boston Globe about scoring decisions and it has drawn the ire of Major League Baseball. Ortiz’s comments were spurred by how unhappy he was a grounder, that bounced off the glove of Joe Mauer, was counted as an error instead of a hit.

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Major League Baseball Vice President, Joe Torre, wasn’t very happy with Ortiz’s comments.

"“Official scorers have a job to do, and by their very nature, their decisions don’t make everyone happy. But everyone in our game deserves respect. I hope that David will meet that standard going forward, because I don’t share the same views that he expressed,” Torre said in a statement. “Official scorers should never give any benefit of the doubt to the home team. We want their best judgment, based on the rules. We have a process to review the decisions that our scorers make. Even when there are inevitable disagreements, we expect everybody to act professionally and respect the game and the integrity of our scorers.”"

Ortiz does have a point in that it’s unfair to players when scorers don’t give him hits. Baseball is at times very stat driven and Ortiz should want any stat that helps him look good. But these comments are probably something he should have kept behind closed doors instead of to the media.