Adding to our Scorekeeping thread.
Last week, BJ Upton was criticized for not getting to a ball hit to the gap fast enough, allowing the batter Rusty Ryal the opportunity to turn a standard double into a triple.
Yesterday, Drew Stubbs fielded a ball poorly and then didn’t get to the ball fast enough, allowing a the batter Ryan Howard to turn a standard double into a triple.
Stubbs, as far as I can tell, was not criticized. No teammate fought with him in the dugout, no manager came out publicly to say what he did was wrong. A search of “Drew Stubbs hustle” doesn’t even turn anything up.
These were days apart. Upton’s received national attention and Stubbs’ didn’t receive any local attention, as far as I can tell. The biggest difference between Upton and Stubbs is that Upton is black and Stubbs is white.