MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Baseball players know the difference between a hit and an error. The trouble is, their opinion doesn’t count in the score book. Former Twins slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz has had his problems with the scorekeeper in Fenway Park.
“Scorekeepers here are always horrible,” he said after an error was given on a ball he hit earlier this year to Twins first baseman Joe Mauer. The scorekeeper gave Mauer an error, but later reversed the decision.
There are three official scorers for the All-Star Game — local author Stew Thornley, former Pioneer Press reporter Gregg Wong, and the Star Tribune’s Lavelle E. Neal III, who is also president of the Baseball Writers of America.
Thornley and Wong alternate keeping score at Twins games and they’ll work together for the first time on Tuesday night. Thornley isn’t sure if three heads are better than one.
“Is it going to be easier that you got two other people to consult? Maybe at that point you feel like ‘I can just make the decision myself,'” he said.