Mets want Dickey's 1-hitter to be declared a no-no
The New York Mets' R.A. Dickey won his 10th game of the season in a 9-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays.
June 14th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Mets want Dickey's 1-hitter to be declared a no-no

The New York Mets want Major League Baseball to officially upgrade Wednesday’s one-hitter from pitcher R.A. Dickey to a no-hitter. And they’re willing to blame one of their other players to do it.

The Mets, who beat the host Tampa Bay Rays 9-1 on Wednesday, have asked MLB to change the Rays’ only hit against Dickey to an error on Mets third baseman David Wright, reported Thursday.

If MLB makes the change, it would be Wednesday’s second no-hitter - San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros - and the Mets’ second in 12 days (Johan Santana threw the Mets’ first-ever no-hitter June 1).

Dickey sounded conflicted when talking about the team’s request.

"A part of me would love a no-hitter," Dickey, a 37-year-old knuckleballer with a 10-1 record this season, said Thursday, according to "Regardless of how you get it, it's still a no-hitter. And then a part of me thinks it would be cheap."

The key play came in the first inning, when the Rays’ B.J. Upton hit a two-hopper to third base. Video of the game from SNY shows Wright trying to barehand it but not getting hold of it.

On Wednesday night, Wright told SNY that he tried to barehand the ball because Upton is fast, and he didn’t think he had time to glove it.

“I wish it would have been somebody a little bit slower where I could have took my time and then gloved it, but it’s also the first … inning, I think. Had I known that there was going to be a one-hitter, I would have tried a little harder or something, you know,” Wright said.

The Mets’ manager, Terry Collins, said Thursday that the decision to appeal was his idea. He said he expects the league to announce a decision Friday ,and the chances of a change in Dickey’s favor are slim, according to and The New York Times.

“It’s something that you don’t see very much, and if you can get something changed to where a guy gets to have a no-hitter, I think it’s great,” Collins said, according to the Times. “We’re just taking a stab.”

The Rays scored their lone run in the ninth inning, after Tampa Bay’s Elliott Johnson reached first on a throwing error by Wright, according to an report on the game. Johnson made his way home thanks to two passed balls and an RBI groundout.

Wright said Thursday that it’s “a little awkward when a team wants an error on its own player.”

"I wish I could have made the play. I just didn't. It's a very difficult play," Wright said, according to

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  1. Matt

    Considering Santana's game wasn't really a no-no, I call this justice.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    Then Johan Santana's no-no should be changed to a 1-hitter, because an umpire called a ball hit down the line foul when it was fair.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • subtleserpeant

      You can't overrule an umpire, but you can overrule a official scorer. As a Mets fan, I agree with the latter of what Dickey said, let it be, it would be cheap.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. horsehitcher

    An unwritten rule that the first hit be a clean one. Having played a bit of 3rd base the one handed attempt is difficult at best. However if the play is not made cleanly it is rarely called an error. In the scorer's opinion, it was a hit. Leave it alone. Even a one hitter is a good achievement.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      Amoral America strikes again.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. david silva

    How is the NY Times an say that the odds are slim. They are not a sports paper.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ann R. Key

    If MLB gives the Mets and R.A. Dickey a no-hitter then they should give Armando Galarraga his perfect game from last year because that was clearly a botched call by umpire Jim Joyce -who even admitted the next day that he blew the call-but it ain't gonna happen!

    June 15, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |

    Typical New Yorkers...QQ when things don't go right with their sports team's they call foul.

    June 15, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • iloveNY

      I think you got NY and Boston confused. Boston has the teams that are always cheating or displaying poor sportsmanship.

      June 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rusty

    Begone with the arcane stat of Errors. A hit is a hit.

    June 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David in Tampa

    I guess you know how I feel about it.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |