Who's out of order? The whole lineup is out of order!
by Bob Timmermann
The Cincinnati Reds batted out of order in the ninth inning of their 8-3 loss to the Mets.
David Ross led off the inning, but Corey Patterson should have been the proper hitter. Ross lined out and Mets manager Willie Randolph came out of the dugout to notify the umpires that Patterson should have batted. So, under the rules, Patterson was charged with an out and now the proper batter, Ross, came up to bat. And Ross got a single. Why Randolph was so concerned about who was batting when he was just two outs away from a win and Corey Patterson was going to bat is a question best left unanswered.
Reds manager Dusty Baker said the batting order was correct on the dugout board and on his scorecard.
“The guys hit out of order, and it’s my job to catch that,” Baker said. “So I take full responsibility.”
Baker said his only other experience with a team batting out of order came when he was a player and he was the one who hit when he wasn’t supposed to. When he came up the second time, he hit a three-run homer.
Excuse me, Mr. Baker, may I direct your attention to the events of April 16, 2004. Please note the play-by-play of the 7th inning. The game Baker remembered took place on May 4, 1980.