You read that headline right. The New York Mets lost to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 this afternoon, their eighth loss in nine games, but it was a huge amateur mistake that caught this professional baseball team the game. The New York Mets batted out of order in the first inning, they turned in a lineup card that had Asdrubal Cabrera batting second and Wilmer Flores batting third, then in a savvy move by Reds manager Jim Riggleman he waited until Cabrera reached base by hitting a double to report the error which may have cost the Mets a run. Cabrera’s double was wiped off the books, and recorded as an putout to the catcher, as the Mets lost by one run this mistake proved extremely costly. I watch a ton of Major League Baseball, and while I’m sure this silly mistake has happened before in the deep recesses of baseball history, I cannot recall it ever happening before off the top of my head. Big league baseball, little league mistake.
UPDATE: Mickey Callaway takes the blame for this huge blunder: