If you listen very closely, you can still hear Joe Torre laughing over the Mets appeal of an error that would have given R.A. Dickey a no-hitter. Torre, the MLB vice president who makes such decisions, on Friday correctly denied the Mets appeal and upheld that the ball that David Wright failed to barehand was indeed a hit. So Dickey will have to settle for a one-hitter.
“I’m relieved,” said Dickey, who never asked for the appeal in the first place.
This was the brainchild of Terry Collins, a rare misstep for him this season.
“We didn’t win,” Collins said Friday. “We didn’t expect to win it. We gave it a try. If we had won it, we would have had another no-hitter and we wouldn’t have to wait another 50 years. He has never had a no-hitter so you give it a shot. That is the process.”
That may be the process, but it was unnecessary in this case.