Tucker to petition MLB after scoring changes cost him 30-30 season
Kyle Tucker fell just short of a 30-30 season. Until he had it. And then lost it, again.
Tucker's final stat line was one of the most bizarre storylines of Game 162 thanks to an indecisive official scorer in Arizona. The Houston Astros star entered Sunday's contest needing just one home run for 30-30, and he appeared to get it in dramatic fashion by circling the bases on a fifth-inning line drive.
Chase Field's scorer initially ruled the play as a triple and error on Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Jake McCarthy. A short time later, the scorer removed the McCarthy error and changed it to a triple and fielder's choice before again changing it to an inside-the-park homer that gave Tucker his 30-30 season.
Unfortunately for Tucker, that was not the end of the story. Before any artifacts of his feat could be collected, the scoring was once again altered, with the ruling of triple and fielder's choice being restored, according to Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle. It's unclear exactly why they decided to change it back to a triple a second time.
The whole ordeal isn't sitting well with Tucker, who is planning to petition Major League Baseball to overturn the ruling and restore his home run.
"I mean, if it's a triple right now, then yeah I am (going to petition)," Tucker told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com after the Astros' 8-1 win.
If his appeal is successful, he would become the fifth player to reach 30-30 in the majors this year, which would set a new MLB record. Right now, this is the fifth time that four players have gone 30-30 across the league in one season.
Jeff Bagwell is still the only player to post a 30-30 season with the Astros, doing it twice during his Hall of Fame career. Carlos Beltran produced part of his 30-40 campaign in 2004 with Houston but started that season in Kansas City.